TEHRAN: Despite obstacle, Pakistan and Iran agree to pursue gas project

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Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani have agreed to continue with the Iran-Pakistan gas line project.

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The PM informed the Iranian President that he was there with his team of finance, petroleum and interior resolve all the issues, which were creating hindrance in the task.

A statement from the PM House said both the leaders reiterated their commitment to raise the bilateral trade between the two countries during the meeting held at Saadabad Palace.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said there was a lot of scope of increasing the trade book and they desired to raise it to new levels of $5 billion.

He said Pakistan-Iran relations were bound by historical and religious linkages.
“I am here to open a fresh chapter in Pakistan-Iran relationships,” he stated, adding “As a Prime Minister, I visited Iran firstly in 1999 and have always found the Iranians more affectionate on every visit to Iran.”

President Rouhani said Iran-Pakistan relations had historical associations.

Apart from beingneighboringg countries, both the Muslim countries held the common customs and relations based on the Holy Quran and the customs of the Holy Prophet (PBUH), he added.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s visit would further boost the brotherly relations between the two nations, he stated.

Federal Minister for Finance Ishaq Dar, Federal Minister for Petroleum Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Governor Balochistan Mahmood Khan Achakzai, Advisor to PM on National Security and Foreign.

Affairs Sartaj Aziz and Special Assistant to PM Tariq Fatimi were also present during the meeting.
The Prime Minister ordered the President that some miscreant elements were attempting to sabotage the brotherly relations between Pakistan and Iran.

They would handle with all such elements firmly and would not let them sabotage these relations, he added.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said, “We want security for development and development for security”.
President Rouhani also affirmed his government’s support, saying that peace in the region was their mutual destination.

He said they would support Pakistan to modernize and become more dependable

Both the leaders also discussed the border security issues between the two countries.

They agreed that better border management and improved protection standards would result in increased bilateral trade and strengthening the relationship and cooperation between the two countries.

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