'US has no concerns over Iran-Pakistan gas deal'

Published: June 19, 2010
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Richard Holbrooke speaks to Shah Mahmood Qureshi at a press conference in Islamabad. PHOTO: AFP

Richard Holbrooke speaks to Shah Mahmood Qureshi at a press conference in Islamabad. PHOTO: AFP

ISLAMABAD: The United States has no concerns over Pakistan’s gas deal with Iran, stated US Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, Richard Holbrooke on Saturday.

Holbrooke arrived in Islamabad on a two-day official visit on Saturday, and held meetings with Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and other political leaders as part of the strategic dialouge between the US and Pakistan.

Holbrooke met Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, and speaking on the occasion, Qureshi said that the areas of interest between the US and Pakistan have been branded.

Earlier, Holbrooke met Prime Minister Gilani, who urged the US administration to provide the Coalition Support Fund, and stressed that the fight against militancy in the tribal areas was dependent on the fund.

Holbrooke said that the US is increasing civil and military aid for Pakistan.

Later, Holbrooke also met with the Federal Minister for Finance, Dr. Abdul Hafeez Shaikh and Chairperson Benazir Income Support Programme Farzana Raja.

The Federal Minister for Finance appreciated US economic assistance to Pakistan and stressed the need for private sectors of both countries to strengthen economic collaboration.

Holbrooke arrives ahead of United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who is expected to visit in July for the second session of strategic dialouge between the two countries.

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  • Syed A. Mateen
    Jun 19, 2010 - 9:30PM

    When US has no objection for signing Pakistan-Iran gas deal, then why US is seeking clarification from China on signing Pakistan-China civilian nuclear deal?Recommend

  • Nasir
    Jun 19, 2010 - 11:03PM

    I am afraid, they have no objections…Recommend

  • Osman Ali
    Jun 20, 2010 - 2:19AM

    It is typical of Americans to say things which they do not really mean. United States has put enormous pressure on Pakistan and India to stop this highly benefiting deal. India dropped out of the deal under the pressures but the government of Pakistan simply had no other option than seal the deal or it would have been darkness in Pakistan. But now that publicly United States has said it, they should remember these words and not create trouble for Pakistan and Iran on this account in future. Pakistani government also should bear in mind the highest interests of Pakistanis not that of Americans. Therefore, Pakistan should hurry up the construction of the pipeline since once the pipeline is built then the objections will die soon after. Iran is a friendly country which is providing very cheap gas to Pakistan and has even offered to provide Pakistan with cheap electricity and Pakistan should not refuse these friendly offers for the sake of energy starved people.Recommend

  • Don
    Jun 20, 2010 - 4:27PM

    This is too funny..
    Holbrooke comes in to contract out some more killing, and Gilani just say ..pay up first ..Oh…lets christian this deal and call it Coalition Support Fund – just sounds western and civilized.Recommend

  • Mustafa
    Jun 22, 2010 - 1:54AM

    Don: I know lol it did sound quite interested how he says pay us first and then we shall kill more.

    Frankly, the sad state of affairs is that America and in general any country who seeks to win the heart of Pakistan needs to hear the concerns of the people and not standalone the corrupt Governments.

    But we ourselves the citizens of Pakistan are to blame for our sad state of affairs.

    God Bless Pakistan and America and everyone for that matter.Recommend

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