Iran not against CPEC, Gwadar port: Javad Zarif

Iranian foreign minister says Iran supports growth and development anywhere in Pakistan, particularly Balochistan

Kamran Yousaf/Web Desk August 13, 2015
Adviser to Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs shakes hands with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif in Islamabad on August 13, 2015. PHOTO: PID

ISLAMABAD: Iran dismissed on Thursday suggestions that it was against the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project, including the Gwadar Port, saying it "supports growth and development anywhere in Pakistan."

Iran’s foreign minister Javad Zarif addressing a joint press conference with Sartaj Aziz, "We believe economic development both in Pakistan’s Balochistan province and Iran’s Sistan are fundamental to fight poverty and extremism."

Responding to a question regarding Iran's support for CPEC and the Gwadar port, Zarif stated, "We certainly support growth and development anywhere in Pakistan, particularly in Balochistan."

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Zarif's statement comes in view of reports claiming that Tehran considers the project a potential threat to its Chahbar port. Further, following the nuclear deal, India has also shown interest in building the Chahbar port, which is not far from Gwadar.



PHOTO: PID

Chinese announcement of investing a whopping $46 billion on the CPEC has led to speculations that other regional countries particularly India and Iran may make attempts to undermine the project. However, the Iranian diplomat dismissed the suggestion reiterating that his country is in full support of such development projects.

Further, Zarif called upon Pakistan to work in unison to eliminate sectarianism, terrorism and extremism from the region and the world.

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Addressing a joint press conference with Prime Minister’s Adviser on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz on Thursday in Islamabad, Zarif said, "It is a great pleasure and honour to be back in Pakistan within a time span of four to five months."

“Today I was received by the prime minister of Pakistan and we discussed a number of bilateral and regional issues,” he said adding violence, insecurity and terrorism in the region, the Middle East and in general, needs to be dealt with.

"PM Nawaz and I discussed to increase cooperation between the two countries in sectors ranging from oil to gas, energy, transportation and others," he added.

The Iranian foreign minister maintained that a delegation between the two countries will discuss how to bring into effect the agreements made between the leaders of Pakistan and Iran.

Zarif said the two countries actively need to work towards establishing peace in the hotspots of the region and play a responsible role.

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The visit comes in the aftermath of the landmark nuclear agreement that Tehran signed with the world powers last month.

Pakistan is hopeful that the nuclear deal will now pave the way for the completion of the Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline project. The two countries are also looking towards each other to counter the threat being posed by the Islamic State group in this part of the world.

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hari | 4 years ago | Reply | Recommend Very much diplomatic. In reality Iran doesn't need to oppose gwadar port as it will become obsolete when Chahbhar port and its connection to central Asia is established as it is most cost effective and safe for even Afghans who could also use the Chinese port of gwadar. But the good thing is that the Gwadar port and CPEC will help the Chinese colonization of Pakistan which will be beneficial to the world.
Zee khan | 4 years ago | Reply | Recommend Its a time to make friends all seek their own benefits so all neighbour countries r welcome in Pakistan under discipline. Mr. Naveed if Iran can ally with USA and india then why not us. Why ur thinking on exact goal of USA and India.we are not giving anything for free to anybody.saudi r also controlled by USA that's y asking to pak army that fight in yamen against Muslims so that we can't keep Good relation with Iran. This is the goal of enemies of this belt.
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