(Persia Digest) – Iranian Petroleum Deputy Minister announced: “Previously, there were issues about Pakistan not undertaking its commitments and we may have gone to court. But now, circumstances have changed and they are interested in buying gas from Iran and we are happy to negotiate a final deal.”
Talking about the Iran Gas Pipeline Project to Pakistan, Amir-Hossein Zamaninia said: “We will be resuming talks and setting up a meeting in Tehran or Islamabad.”
He emphasized: “The Pakistani side is interested in the pipeline project and we have welcomed this instead of going to court. We would like to negotiate a deal.”
When asked if the TAPI pipeline project would be scrapped once the Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline project is implemented, he answered: “The two are not related. We have had a separate contract with Pakistan from before and have announced that we are ready to negotiate a final deal.”
Zamaninia stated that gas export talks were not connected to oil sanctions, reiterating: “The piping has not been laid in Pakistan yet. We will continue to discuss our contract.”
ILNA reports that Pakistan’s new Minister of Energy, Sarwar Khan, had said at a recent meeting with the Iranian Ambassador to Islamabad that the two countries need more investment and cooperation in oil and energy.
The parties agreed to set up a workgroup for the gas pipeline prior to Sarwar Khan’s visit to Iran.
Pakistan’s Minister of Energy has announced: “The Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline project is Islamabad’s top priority over all other gas pipeline projects.”
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