Kerry presented 'non-paper' on Iran-Pakistan pipeline: Foreign office

Published: August 2, 2013
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Ministry of Foreign Affairs. PHOTO: FILE

Ministry of Foreign Affairs. PHOTO: FILE

ISLAMABAD: The recent visit of US Secretary of State John Kerry not only allowed for the strategic dialogue between the two countries to resume, but also allowed Pakistan to discuss the stalled Iran-Pakistan pipeline.

The Foreign Office spokesperson during the weekly briefing on Friday said that Pakistan had presented a “non-paper” over the Iran-Pakistan pipeline to the US delegation.

Talking about US Secretary of State John Kerry’s two-day visit to Pakistan, the spokesperson said that Pakistan briefed him about its projects related to pipelines, particularly Iran-Pakistan pipeline.

He said the projects were being undertaken to address the acute energy requirements of Pakistan and that the standpoint of Pakistan was conveyed to US in the form of a non-paper.

“Our energy requirements warrant that we explore all possible options, including the Iran-Pakistan pipeline project,” he said.

Chaudhry said that the rationale for giving the non-paper to the US was “to convey our perspective, with particular reference to whether or not this project would attract US sanctions.”

Asked about reports that a civil nuclear deal may be on the cards, the spokesperson denied that the subject was discussed during Kerry’s visit. “This was not discussed but as I indicated to you earlier, one of the working groups deals with the strategic stability issues. That is where this subject will be discussed.”

Afghanistan

The spokesperson though said that the visit had afforded an opportunity to discuss the regional situation with a view to exploring ways of bringing peace and stability in Afghanistan.

“As the US prepares to draw down from Afghanistan, there is a need to intensify cooperation among all stakeholders to ensure peace and stability in Afghanistan.”

The spokesperson, while responding to a question about the resumption of dialogue with the Taliban, said that Pakistan will remain engaged with concerned groups to achieve peace in Afghanistan.

“Pakistan has expressed its support for the reconciliation process in Afghanistan, which we believe is an effective way to achieve peace and stability.”

He added that Pakistan will continue to facilitate the peace and reconciliation process in Afghanistan.”

“To this end, Pakistan side will remain engaged with the US, Afghanistan, and others concerned and contribute to bringing lasting peace in Afghanistan.”

Responding to a question on al Qaeda leader Ayman Al-Zawahiri, who Kerry claimed was violating the sovereignty of Pakistan, Chaudhry replied that Pakistan has always been on the forefront of the fight on terror and would take swift action against terrorists, whenever they come across them.

Ties with India

Spokesperson of the ministry, Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry said that dates were proposed for two of the eight segments for composite dialogue.

“One of the segment relates to the Wullar Barrage while the other to the matter of Sir Creek,” he said, adding that US expressed its support for the initiative of Pakistan’s leadership to improve ties with India.

Chaudhry added that a response is yet to be received from India on whether the dates are suitable for them.

He added that Pakistan was pushing for closer ties with India, including Track II diplomacy.

“Ambassador Shahryar Ahmed Khan has been nominated by the Prime Minister to pursue this track from our side. We do hope that this track will contribute to the efforts to seek improvement in bilateral relations between Pakistan and India.”

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Reader Comments (6)

  • ASHOK
    Aug 2, 2013 - 10:08PM

    The Iran-Pak pipeline issue was thoroughly “NON-DISCUSSED” with the US delegation.

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  • Jihad Bil-Qalam
    Aug 2, 2013 - 11:11PM

    Our brothers will be non-plussed to learn that there was also a non-paper on Dr. Aafia Siddiqui, that was also non-discussed.

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  • Awais
    Aug 2, 2013 - 11:40PM

    And we beat the drums about us being sovereign nation.

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  • Fiaz
    Aug 3, 2013 - 1:50AM

    Why on earth is the Pakistan Government briefing the US secretary of state about Pakistans internal affairs. Who actually did the people of Pakistan vote for in the last election, I thought they voted for a government who would uphold the SOVEREIGNTY of Pakistan, not give away that sovereignty. And when Kerry says that drone strikes will end soon, he means it will never end and will always say the same answer “soon”. What Pakistan should do is take the drones out with surface to air missiles, after all Pakistan IS a sovereign country that SHOULD/CAN protect its citizens from foreign attacks.

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  • Xerxes
    Aug 3, 2013 - 5:39AM

    What a time waster frivolously trying to teach the Americans fine points of US law. It’s both sad and comic.

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  • Dr.A.K.Tewari
    Aug 28, 2013 - 11:24AM

    Now Pakistan is a US. colony . Good .

    Don’t be an obidient yonger brother of India but prefer to be slave of US and China .
    O k it’s your choice ……

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