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Iran shows interest to initiate more electricity projects in Pakistan

Iran shows interest to initiate more electricity projects in Pakistan

Iran shows interest to initiate more electricity projects in Pakistan

Iran shows interest to initiate more electricity projects in Pakistan. Photo: Radio Pakistan

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TEHRAN: Iran has shown interest to initiate more projects on electricity in Pakistan.

This understanding reached in a meeting during the Energy ministers meeting of Pakistan Engineer Khurram Dastgir Khan and Ali Akbar Mehrabian of Iran in Tehran.

During the meeting, the mutual areas of interest were discussed. The Energy Minister of Iran appreciated the authorities of Pakistan on construction of transmission line for the import of electricity from Iran to Gwadar on great pace.

He expressed his interest to initiate more projects on electricity with Pakistan.

This was the second meeting of the energy ministers of the two neighboring countries in less than a year. The Pakistan minister met with Mehrabian during his trip to Tehran last June.

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The statement of Pakistan’s Ministry of Energy also said Iran’s minister appreciated the Pakistani authorities for speeding up the construction of the transmission line for the import of electricity from Iran to Gwadar Port.

Mehrabian expressed Iran’s desire to launch more projects in the field of electricity with Pakistan.

Pakistan’s energy minister also thanked his counterpart for expanding cooperation in the field of energy.

On the other hand on March 3, the members of the National Assembly Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs urged the government to eliminate obstacles to completion of Pak-Iran Gas Pipeline Project to avoid the possible fine of $18bn in case of failure to complete the construction on its side by the next year.

According to an official handout issued by the National Assembly Secretariat, committee’s Chairman Mohsin Dawar observed that despite sanctions on Iran, some of the regional countries have been granted waivers in doing oil trade with Iran, but Pakistan could not secure such waivers to engage in the beneficial oil trade relations with the western neighbouring country.

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Urging the need for a robust diplomacy, he urged officials of the ministries of commerce and foreign affairs to aggressively pursue options to secure waivers on oil trade with Iran, like what India and China had done.

The committee members raised concerns about the inordinate delay in completion of Pak-Iran Gas Pipeline project and stressed as to why an agreement was concluded when it was not complied with. The members inquired about repercussions of Pakistan’s failure to complete the construction of gas pipeline on Pakistani side by the deadline of the agreement.

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