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- Friday, January 25, 2013 - From Print Edition




Iran is prepared to finance Iran-Pakistan (IP) gas pipeline once the technical talks are concluded as no foreign restriction would hinder the project. The technical talks for the project are underway in Tehran and Islamabad both.


This has been stated by Iranian ambassador to Pakistan Ali Reza Haghighian in a brief informal chat with The News here on Wednesday evening in a diplomatic reception that was hosted by Argentina ambassador and dean of diplomatic corps Rodolfo Martin Saravia in honour of outgoing chief of protocol (CP) government of Pakistan Ghalib Iqbal who has been appointed Pakistan’s ambassador to France.


The Iranian ambassador said that his President Dr. Mahmoud Ahmedinejad is proceeding to Cairo to attend the summit of Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) early next month where he would also have meeting with Pakistani leader beside other interactions. The meeting would also provide opportunity to both the countries to discuss the gas pipeline and other subjects of mutual interest.


To a query the ambassador said that Iran is keen to assist Pakistan in overcoming its energy problems and the gas pipeline project will greatly help it in this regard. The cooperation between Pakistan and Iran would play an important role in strengthening the stability of the region in long way. Iran is hopeful that Pakistan would overcome its difficulties soon, the Iranian envoy added.