Iran wishes to be part of CPEC: Rouhani

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Published: September 22, 2016
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Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in a meeting with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in New York on September 21, 2016. PHOTO: PID

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in a meeting with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in New York on September 21, 2016. PHOTO: PID

UNITED NATIONS: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has expressed his desire to be a part of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project during his meeting with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on the sidelines of 71th UNGA session.

The Iranian president lauded Islamabad’s vision for translating CPEC into reality and pointed out that connectivity projects were recognised by both countries as vital to the progress of the region. “The two leaders reiterated the complementarity between Gwadar and Chabahar sea ports that could boost regional trade exponentially in the decades ahead,” said a press release of the Pakistan Mission to the UN on Wednesday.

Further, both leaders discussed possibilities for bilateral cooperation in the field of energy, especially oil, gas and electricity, while noting with satisfaction the positive trajectory of bilateral ties between Islamabad and Tehran. “The two sides noted that progress on Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline and electricity import from Iran would help overcome Pakistan’s energy shortages in the coming years,” said the communiqué.

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PM Nawaz said he will nominate two focal persons to finalise energy projects with Iran in coming days. The prime minister was assisted by Foreign Affairs Adviser Sartaj Aziz, SAPM Syed Tariq Fatemi and Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry, among others.

The two leaders had last met during President Rouhani’s visit to Islamabad this year. The lifting of international sanctions against Iran has paved the way for resumption of economic relations between the two countries with a view to realising the true potential of bilateral trade. Current trade volume remains low at US$ 268 million per annum.

The premier also stressed on the need to remain engaged at expert level to remove whatever technical delays that continue to hold back resumption of full economic cooperation between the two countries.

The Iranian president reportedly said “Pakistan’s security is the security of Iran.” Opportunities for bilateral cooperation in the field of energy, especially oil, gas and electricity were also discussed during the meeting. “We consider Pakistan’s economic development as our development,” the president was quoted as saying. “There is a need for defence cooperation between Iran and Pakistan as there is a history of defence cooperation between the two countries,” he added.

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“There is also immense need for cooperation between Iran and Pakistan in the field of science and technology; we need to benefit from each other’s strong points in science and technology,” Rouhani upheld.

Earlier, the prime minister apprised Rouhani of Indian brutalities in occupied Kashmir, particularly in the past two months. “The people of held Kashmir have been victims of heinous acts of state sponsored terrorism at the hands of Indian occupation forces,” the statement quoted the premier as saying.

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Reader Comments (12)

  • Fast
    Sep 22, 2016 - 4:52PM

    We welcome Iran’s intention to be the part of CPEC. Our future and our goals are same.Recommend

  • Sabi
    Sep 22, 2016 - 5:12PM

    Well done Nawaz Sharif you don’t talk but act and that’s a big way to slap on pseudo thinkers which are in great abundance in this country. Recommend

  • SB
    Sep 22, 2016 - 5:12PM

    First step should be to build IP PipelineRecommend

  • Sabi
    Sep 22, 2016 - 5:12PM

    Well done Nawaz Sharif you don’t talk but act and that’s a big way to slap on pseudo thinkers which are in great abundance in this country. Recommend

  • BrainBro
    Sep 22, 2016 - 5:14PM

    The Pindi boys will not like this meeting done without their approval. But the civilians of Pakistan need to stand up for themselves.Recommend

  • LOL
    Sep 22, 2016 - 5:52PM

    what a slap for Modi who ‘wants’ to isolate Pak. even India’s closest allies Russia and Iran dont care.Recommend

  • Voiceless Pakistani
    Sep 22, 2016 - 6:47PM

    Iran wants to be part of CPEC

    in order to sabotage it

    on behalf of its brother

    friend india.Recommend

  • SYED
    Sep 22, 2016 - 7:00PM

    CPEC is the GOLDEN EGG for the region. Even INDIA deep inside would wish to be part of it. Today it’s all about economical war, and Iran and China understand this a lot. So why not Pakistan? Join Iran in CPEC and make it dependable on Pakistan.Recommend

  • Arijeet Takkar
    Sep 22, 2016 - 9:15PM

    @LOL:
    It seems you dont read newspaper..Russia & France both have explicitly mentioned Paksitan behind terror attacks in Uri..Even Germany,US,UK,EU are with India..India is a much bigger market..World cant ignore that..Keep day dreaming about cpec fancyland..Iran & India already are in full throttle on Chabahar Port Project which you simply cant digest!!Recommend

  • too much
    Sep 22, 2016 - 9:15PM

    Unless Persians somehow magically becomes Chinese they have zero chance of becoming part of CPEC – China’s already spent $17 Billion and not many Pakistanis have participated.Recommend

  • Khilari
    Sep 22, 2016 - 9:15PM

    By all means, welcome brother!Recommend

  • Rofl
    Sep 22, 2016 - 9:18PM

    @SYED:
    Lololllll..you are so funny..According to latest research day dreaming is good for health..Recommend

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