Iranian team soon to visit Pakistan for IP talks

Islamabad, May 13, IRNA -- A Pakistani English daily quoting a senior official has said that a delegation from Iran will visit Pakistan soon to discuss Iran-Pakistan (IP) gas pipeline project.

‘Express Tribune’ said that Interstate Gas Company Managing Director Mobin Saulat told the paper that the delegation will visit Pakistan before Eid al-Fitr.
“However, the final date will be decided after receiving a reply from Iran,” he said. “The talks will be held on a technical level,” he added.
The official said Pakistan had signed the pipeline agreement with Iran and wanted the project to be completed.
Earlier, the petroleum ministry informed Iran that it was bound to execute the project but that was only possible after the sanctions imposed by the US on Tehran were lifted.
Pakistan and Iran signed the agreement in 2009 and the project had to be completed by December 2014. It had the capacity to provide 750 MMCFD of gas.
According to sources, Prime Minister Imran Khan held a meeting after Iran instructed the authorities concerned to explore opportunities to complete the project.
The premier also ordered that a reconciliatory approach should be adopted to resolve the issue with Iran.
Pakistan’s Minister for Maritime Affairs Ali Zaidi recently said Islamabad must work around a way to finish the project despite US sanctions.
The federal minister, while pointing out that several countries had continued trading with Iran despite sanctions, said, “We too need to keep our interest supreme and explore ways for completing the pipeline.”
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