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PR No. 86 Islamabad: September 12, 2018

Iranian Ambassador to Pakistan Mehdi Honardoost called on federal minister for petroleum and natural resources. The ambassador congratulated the federal minister on behalf of Iranian petroleum minister on assumption of new responsibilities and invited the minister to visit Iran to work on cooperation in petroleum sector and IP gas pipeline. The ambassador has drawn the attention of the minister on the exploration of possibilities in energy sector cooperation especially IP gas pipeline. The ambassador has said that IP gas pipeline will be a game changer for the region. The ambassador has said that other countries are willing to cooperate in construction of IP gas pipeline. Also the Iranian ambassador has offered cooperation in government to government deal in the area of import of petroleum products to curb the smuggling. The minister has acknowledged the cooperation offered by Iran in areas of electricity supply to coastal areas. Minister has said that both countries need more cooperation and investment in areas of energy and petroleum. Iran and Pakistan agreed to enhance bilateral trades. “Pakistan fully committed to implement IP gas pipeline project without any foreign pressure", the minister said. The federal minister has accepted the invitation to visit Iran. The minister and the ambassador have agreed to have a meeting of working group on IP gas pipeline before minister’s visit to Iran. The minister has said Pakistan is committed to implement IP gas pipeline project, unfortunately the project was delayed in the past due to international sanctions. The minister has said that IP gas project is top priority for Pakistan more than any other gas pipeline project.

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