ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan-Iran energy plan is not final but we are willing to support Pakistan’s energy crisis, stated US Deputy Chief of Mission Richard Hoagland on Wednesday.
“It won’t be [completed] tomorrow or in another year,” said Hoagland while attending a round-table discussion to commemorate the services of women in law enforcement – an event organised by the Narcotics Affairs Section (NAS) of the US Embassy on International Women’s Day.
Lately, the US had been pressurising Pakistan to turn down the Iran gas pipeline deal under the Iran Sanctions Act. But Pakistan has insisted on going ahead with the project.
On the deteriorating Pak-US relations, Hoagland said that the US is still waiting for Pakistan’s Parliamentary Committee on National Security to review the terms in this relationship and then the US “will take it from there”.
He also said that US Ambassador to Pakistan Cameron Munter has returned from the US, but has nothing to say about the relationship “that will create breaking news”.
Commenting on a recent news of US military commander General James Mattis visiting Pakistan to discuss the Nato supply routes, Hoagland said that he was not aware whether it was true or not.