Iran keen for intensified ties with Pakistan in all spheres: Rouhani


ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: President of Iran Hassan Rouhani on Saturday expressed his country’s strong desire for intensified relations and cooperation with Pakistan in all spheres including trade, economy, energy, education, science and technology.

Addressing a press conference here at the conclusion of his two-day official visit, President Rouhani described his visit and meetings with the Pakistani leadership as very constructive and fruitful.

During the meetings, he said, the two sides held wide ranging discussions for cooperation in the areas of trade, economy and energy as well as the regional and international issues of mutual interest.

He also mentioned the signing of six memorandums of understanding (MoUs) between the two countries.

About Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline, President Rouhani said Iran had almost completed the work on its side of border on the pipeline and would be in a position to provide gas to Pakistan in a few months. It was now up to Pakistan to initiate work on its side, he added.

He said Iran could meet all the energy needs of Pakistan. The country was already selling 1000 MW electricity to Pakistan, which could be increased upto 3000 MW.

Hassan Rouhani said Iran was also interested to have connectivity between Gawadar and Chahbahar seaports through roads and shipping lines for a win-win situation to both the countries.

To a question about the relations between Iran and India, the Iranian President said, “Whenever Iran comes closer to Pakistan such rumours are spread.”

He said Iran was the first country that recognized Pakistan after its independence in 1947.

He also mentioned the decision made by the two countries during his visit of opening two more border crossings, which he said, would help promote trade and people-to-people contacts.

Source: APP

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