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.”