Irans new President Hassan Rouhani and his Pakistani counterpart Asif Ali Zardari reiterated their countries determination to continue implementation of Iran-Pakistan (IP) gas pipeline project.
In the Saturday meeting, Rouhani said, “The joint project of building the gas pipeline can have a significant influence on increasing cooperation and economic relations between the two countries.”
The Iranian president expressed hope that the project would be completed as soon as possible.
Zardari, for his part, said Islamabad respects all agreements signed between Iran and Pakistan, including IP.
Iran and Pakistan officially inaugurated the construction phase of a gas pipeline project in March which is due to take Irans rich gas reserves to the energy-hungry South Asian nation.
The project kicked off in a ceremony attended by former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his Pakistani counterpart Asif Ali Zardari at the two countries shared border region in Irans Southeastern city of Chabahar.
The 2700-kilometer long pipeline was to supply gas for Pakistan and India which are suffering a lack of energy sources, but India has evaded talks. In 2011, Iran and Pakistan declared they would finalize the agreement bilaterally if India continued to be absent in the meeting.
Iran has already constructed more than 900 kilometers of the pipeline on its soil.
According to the project proposal, the pipeline will begin from Irans Assalouyeh Energy Zone in the south and stretch over 1,100 km through Iran. In Pakistan, it will pass through Baluchistan and Sindh but officials now say the route may be changed if China agrees to the project.
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