Iran, Pakistan to fast track gas pipeline: Foreign Office

Published: November 26, 2013
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Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (C) poses for a picture with his counterparts from Pakistan, Sartaj Aziz (L), and Turkey, Ahmet Davutoglu, during the opening session of a two-day ministerial conference of the Economic Cooperation Organisation (ECO), which groups 10 Asian and Eurasian countries, in Tehran on November 26, 2013. PHOTO: AFP

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (C) poses for a picture with his counterparts from Pakistan, Sartaj Aziz (L), and Turkey, Ahmet Davutoglu, during the opening session of a two-day ministerial conference of the Economic Cooperation Organisation (ECO), which groups 10 Asian and Eurasian countries, in Tehran on November 26, 2013. PHOTO: AFP

ISLAMABAD: Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Tuesday said that Iran and Pakistan had decided to accelerate progress on the Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline project in a meeting between the Advisor on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz and Iranian foreign minister Dr Muhammad Javad Zarif.

“Iran and Pakistan have decided to fast track discussions on the I-P Gas Pipeline Project in order to formulate a road map and a more realistic time schedule for the implementation of this important project,” a press release issued by the foreign office read .

Sartaj Aziz is in Tehran to participate in the 21st Meeting of the Council of Ministers of ten member Economic Cooperation Organisation.

The Foreign Office statement went on to add that, “It was agreed that comprehensive technical commercial proposals on the I-P Gas Pipeline would be discussed in Tehran between Inter-State Gas System Ltd of Pakistan and the Iranian nominated company – Tadbir Energy Gaspar Iranian Co. in the first week of December.”

Aziz and Zarif discussed relations between the two countries and matters of bilateral cooperation among other global issues.

“It was also agreed to hold the next round of Joint Ministerial Commission in Tehran early next year.”

Earlier, while addressing the ECO Ministerial meeting, Sartaj Aziz reiterated Pakistan’s strong commitment to the aims and objectives of the Organisation.

“Recalling the ECO’s aim of promoting sustainable economic cooperation, the Advisor remarked that it had a solid program of cooperation, a forward looking agenda and an expanding horizon of activities.

“He observed that ECO had made reasonable progress and needed to show more proactive approach so that the benefits directly affect the lives of the people of the Region.”

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  • S
    Nov 26, 2013 - 8:38PM

    This is great news, regional integration is the key, otherwise we will be nothing more than pawns in superpowers’s hands

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  • alladitta
    Nov 26, 2013 - 9:55PM

    Just a take from todays news;
    Fast track IP pipeline, setup nuclear power plant like yesterday, allot 3G/4G tele-network immediately.
    A word of caution my Pakistani neighbour, slow down, do not burn your fingers/mullah beard with the supersonic speed of development and progress.
    By the way where is the money coming from, who are you going to ask for a handout now.
    :)).
    alladitta from India.

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  • Parvez
    Nov 26, 2013 - 10:31PM

    Lets hope something solid comes out of this because it is vital that this goes through.

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  • Khurram Gill
    Nov 26, 2013 - 10:41PM

    It is not going to happen anytime soon, there are many hurdles to be overcome. The Nuclear Deal has not made things easy so it is wise not to hold hopes that high at least not yet.Recommend

  • Spock
    Nov 26, 2013 - 10:56PM

    Didnt Iran already built its side of the pipeline and pakistan has yet to start?

    Its more like pakistan needs to put its plan on fast track. Iran is already done

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  • Abbas
    Nov 26, 2013 - 11:20PM

    @alladitta:

    Alladitta from India,

    Iran has made the necessary concessions to the US demands the next six months will enable the US to loosen the sanctions regime. It is time for India to get on board or the gas may go onwards to China.

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  • Bakhtiyar Ghazi Khan
    Nov 27, 2013 - 2:09AM

    Turkey, Pakistan, and Iran should further consolidate their alliance, being successor nations of 3 strongest Muslim empires in history, Ottoman, Safavid, Mughal, respectively. The power dynamics favor a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic Muslim alliance to achieve greater stability and resist foreign adventurism. There is great potential here for a Muslim superpower alliance emerging.

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  • Parvez Amin
    Nov 27, 2013 - 6:50AM

    The best way to route the pipeline is through India to China. Everyone gains. Iran gets a larger sale. India gets an arrangement where it would cost Pakistan a lot politically to interrupt the supply to India. This arrangement should set at rest Indian fears of Pakistan cutting off their gas supply. All win. A full win-win situation. Let us go for it.

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  • Galuru Ben
    Nov 27, 2013 - 7:21AM

    @Abbas: In the post-2014 security scenario, an undersea pipeline looks more viable for India. If you want to build a pipeline over the Himalayas, good luck to you.

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  • Gp65
    Nov 27, 2013 - 8:53AM

    @Abbas:
    India had dropped out of the project before sanctions were imposed for reason that had nothing to with US. The reasons were:

    1) India was not agreeable to link the price of gas with oil with gas costing 85% of oil.

    2) India wanted contractual agreement that Pakistan would not interrupt gas supply in case the countries’ foreign relations were at an ebb. This was important since in the IPI scenario India was paying for the pipe through Pakistan o India entirely on its own. Also India for contractual agreement that Pakistan would pay damages in case the pipe was blown up or damaged by terrorists. Pakistan was not agreeable to either of these conditions

    3) Pakistan and India could nt reach an agreement on the transit fee that should be paid by India to Pakistan for allowing gas to India through this route.

    @Parvex – despite all attempts o blam US, the 2 barriers to the pipeline that existed earlier have not been resolved

    1) no money to build the pipeline,

    2) Saudi Arabia was against the pipeline

    If Pakistan is able overcome these barriers – that would be great. But how likely do you think it is?Recommend

  • Fareed
    Nov 27, 2013 - 9:15AM

    @Bakhtiyar Ghazi Khan,

    Did you say pakistan successor of mughal empire?

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  • usman
    Nov 27, 2013 - 5:57PM

    moderator,

    i can’t believe a pakistani such as myself gets censored yet thousands of propaganda posts by gp65(indian) get published. Recommend

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