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Iran, Pakistan discuss energy ties

Islamabad, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad-Javad Zarif and Pakistan Minister for Finance, Revenue, and Economic Affairs Asad Umar have discussed energy cooperation between Tehran and Islamabad with special focus on gas pipeline project.

Iranian Foreign Minister had arrived in Islamabad a day earlier on a two-day visit. Ambassador of Iran to Pakistan Mehdi Honardoost, senior Pakistani officials and members of Iranian delegation were also present in the meeting, which took place on Friday.

In an interview with IRNA after holding the meeting with Pakistani finance minister, Zarif said that both countries reviewed their cooperation in energy sector while making joint efforts to resume banking channel.

He further added that Iran's joining China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project and cooperation between ports of Chabahar and Gwadar were also discussed.

Zarif said there were constructive talks on gas pipeline project and expressed the hope that both countries would be able to achieve success of the project through further consultations.

Iranian Foreign Minister said that future of Pak-Iran relations is bright, adding that in recent years, especially during the last two years, economic relations between the two countries have increased significantly.

Zarif left Pakistan for Tehran on Friday after conclusion of his two-day official visit.

The Iranian minister was the first top foreign diplomat to visit Pakistan after the new government came into power earlier this month.

It is pertinent to mention that this was Zarif's eighth visit to Pakistan since he became Iranian foreign minister in 2013.

Source: Islamic Republic News Agency - IRNA

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