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Pakistan resolves to implement IP gas pipeline project

ISLAMABAD: Iranian Ambassador to Pakistan Mehdi Honardoost on Wednesday called on federal minister for petroleum and natural resources Ghulam Sarwar Khan.

The ambassador congratulated the federal minister on behalf of Iranian petroleum minister on assuming new responsibilities, and invited him to visit Iran to work on cooperation in the petroleum sector and the Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline.

The ambassador also offered further cooperation for exploration in the energy sector especially IP gas pipeline, and the import of petroleum products to curb smuggling.

He said that IP gas pipeline will be a game changer for the region and that several other countries are willing to cooperate in construction of the pipeline.

The minister acknowledged the cooperation offered by Iran in areas of electricity supply to coastal areas. He said that both countries need more cooperation and investment in areas of energy and petroleum

“Pakistan is fully committed to implement IP gas pipeline project without any foreign pressure,” the minister said and agreed on the need to increase bilateral relations.

The federal minister accepted the invitation to visit Iran. Both agreed to hold a meeting of working group on IP gas pipeline before the minister’s visit to Iran.

The minister said Pakistan is committed to implement IP gas pipeline project, but the project was delayed in the past due to international sanctions. He said that Pakistan prioritises the IP gas project more than any other gas pipeline project.

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