|Iran wants to help Pakistan in energy sector||
PESHAWAR-- Iranian Consul General in Peshawar Hassan Darvesh Wand said that his country wanted to support Pakistan to overcome the prevailing energy crisis and this was the sole purpose of Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline plan.
He said that Iran had nothing to do with the U.S. reservations about the gas pipeline project.
The Iranian diplomat expressed these views while talking to a group of journalists, led by Peshawar Press Club president Nasir Hussain, at the Iranian Consulate here.
He said that the completion of the project would help open a new chapter of friendship between Pakistan and Iran and that was why some external powers and internal elements in Pakistan were opposed to the cordial brotherly relations of the two Islamic states.
He suggested that both the countries should secure interests of their people instead of bowing to foreign pressure.
Mr Wand said that currently volume of trade between Pakistan and Iran was $3.5 billion and efforts were being made to increase it to $5 billion. “We wish the business to be boosted up to $15 billion but the dream could not be materialized so far due to some weakness on both the sides,” he said.
Answering a question, the Iranian diplomat said that Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Iranian governments had signed several MoUs in various sectors and sincere efforts were afoot to materialize these projects. He said that Iran was willing to help Pakistan in gas and power sector.
He recalled the historical brotherly relations between the two countries, saying that media could play pivotal role in strengthening of these bilateral ties.
He stressed that irrespective of any external pressure both the countries should honor the commitments and agreements made so far.
Mr Wand suggested exchange of delegations between the two countries to clear misunderstandings, if any. He appreciated the people of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa for their traditional hospitality.
He said that apart from cultural and bilateral ties both the countries should focus on enhancing economic relations.
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