13 March 2018 - 18:27
  • News Code: 281888
Iran can be Pakistan's Reliable Energy Supplier: FM

KARACHI (Shana) -- ​Iranian Minister of Foreign Affair Mohammad Javad Zarif says Iran can be a reliable supplier of Pakistan's energy needs.

Addressing the Iran-Pakistan trade meeting in Karachi on the third day of his trip to Pakistan on Tuesday, the official said: "Iran is proud to be the first country in the world that recognized Pakistan as a country."

Referring to the 70-year-old friendship between Iran and Pakistan, he said: "Regardless of political relations between governments, the people of the two countries have always loved each other."

He said Iranian officials have always viewed Pakistan not just as a neighbor, but have an emotional inclination towards it, adding Iran will never allow Pakistani interests to be compromised, and "we are confident that Pakistan has exercises a similar approach towards Iran."

Zarif said that "we are trying to expand the economic relations between the two countries for the public and private sector businessmen," saying, "we can cooperate with Pakistan in different sectors."

"Iran can be a reliable energy supplier for Pakistan," he stressed.

Referring to Iran's investment of more than $2 billion to build its share of a gas pipeline to Pakistan, he said: "We hope that the Pakistani people will benefit from Iranian gas by completing the IP pipeline in Pakistan."

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