TEHRAN: Interior Minister of Iran Mostafa Mohammad Najar on Sunday said Iran will donate $ 100 million for the rehabilitation of the rain affected people of Sindh, while receiving Pakistan’s Prime Minister, Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani in Tehran.
The Interior Minister told the Prime Minister that he would go to Pakistan within a week along with a planeload of relief goods for the rain affected people of Pakistan.
He said Iran will donate $100 million which he will announce during his visit to Pakistan for the rehabilitation of the rain victims in brotherly country of Pakistan.
The Prime Minister thanked the government and people of Iran for their generous assistance and for feeling suffering of the people of Pakistan.
He said the prompt and generous assistance for the people of Pakistan is manifestation of sentiments of the government and people of Iran.
The Prime Minister said during the visit of the Interior Minister of Iran he would ask Pakistan’s Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Interior and Finance to hold meetings with him on the pending Memorandums of Understanding (MOU) with a view to make substantive progress on various issues to enhance cooperation between the two countries.
The Prime Minister said talks between Pakistan and Iran will focus on drug trafficking, human trafficking and terrorism. The Prime Minister referred to the recent visit of the Iranian Foreign Minister to Pakistan and his meetings on wide ranging issues.
During the meetings, the two sides reached understanding to expedite work on the Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline project, import of 1000 megawatts of electricity from Iran to Pakistan and setting up of an investment fund to encourage private sector and provision of financial institutional regime to facilitate business community of respective countries to undertake investment without much interference at the bureaucratic level.
The Prime Minister while responding to the sentiments of the Iranian Interior Minister said that he considered Iran as his second home because his ancestors belonged to Gilan province which he intends to visit.
“It is like home coming,” the Prime Minister said.
Earlier in the week, Pakistan had turned down an offer from Iran to fund the Pakistan part of the Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline citing international sanctions on Iran.