IRAN: akistan Prime Minister says Iran gas pipeline to meet energy requirements

Prime Minister Mohammadmian Soomro said on Friday that the Iran-Pakistan-India (IPI) gas pipeline project would help Pakistan meet its energy requirements in its industrial sector.

Soomro was talking to Iranian Foreign Minister Manoucher Mottaki, who paid a day-long visit to Pakistan.

The Prime Minister said that IPI is also a must for the overall development of the region, adding the entire region needs development and gas pipeline project.

He urged the need to develop an integrated strategy to meet the growing energy requirement of the region.

"Pakistan and Iran enjoy cordial relations based on mutual trust and common culture and history".

He emphasized that relations between the two countries should further be strengthened for the benefit of the people.

Soomro said that Pakistan is passing through a challenging phase and expressed the confidence it will overcome it.

He said terrorism is a great threat to the world and stressed the need to eliminate this menace by collective efforts. The Prime Minister said there is a great potential in bilateral trade between the two counties and it should be expanded with full volume in all sectors. The Iranian Foreign Minister Manoucher Mottaki expressed the confidence that the steps taken by Pakistan for peace will greatly help the security of the region.

He said the two countries have good economic relations but the efforts are required to increase these relations and to enhance the volume of the bilateral trade.

He said the Joint Economic Council which is going to meet next month would help further grow economic relations of the two countries. Mottaki on the occasion expressed condolence over the sad demise of Pakistan People Party, Chairperson Benazir Bhutto.

Via: Islamic Republic News Agency

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