IPI pipeline project in final stages: Pak Petroleum Minister

IPI pipeline project in final stages: Pak Petroleum Minister

The Iran-Pakistan-India (IPI) trans-national gas pipeline project is in its final stage and its expeditious implementation would help overcome the growing energy needs in South Asia, said Pakistan’s Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources Amanullah Khan Jadoon.

During his meeting with Iranian ambassador to Pakistan, Mashallah Shakeri, Jadoon also discussed matters pertaining to promoting Pak-Iran co-operation in oil, gas and mineral sectors.

Jadoon said since both countries were endowed with vast copper, coal, iron-ore and other mineral deposits, they could benefit from each other’s experience for mutual advantage.

He said Pakistan would welcome Iranian participation in oil refinery, LPG, LNG and coal gasification projects and oil, gas and mineral exploration activities in the country, reports The News.

Pakistan and Iran are learnt to have agreed to speed up efforts to finalise the IPI gas pipeline project.

In this regard, Pakistan Foreign Minister Khurshid Kasuri held formal talks with his Iranian counterpart Manouchehr Mottaki in Tehran where they exchanged views on bilateral, regional and international issues.

Referring to the IPI gas pipeline project, Kasuri said that the implementation of the gas pipeline project would “bring Pakistan and Iran closer” and vest the friendly relationship between the two countries with economic content.

He also reiterated Pakistan’s determination for the implementation of the project. (ANI)

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