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Pakistan to draw closer to Iran

Posted by seumasach on April 16, 2009

PressTV

16th April, 2009

Pakistan’s parliament says it is intent on setting up a special group to boost parliamentary cooperation with Muslim states particularly Iran. The group aims to draw the Muslim states closer together and develop inter-parliamentary cooperation, said Speaker of the National Assembly of Pakistan, Fahmida Mirza. “The National Assembly of Pakistan is willing to commence this cooperation with Iran first as it is now a high priority in Pakistan’s foreign policy,” Mirza said. “To that end we have proposed formation of the association of Muslim states’ parliament speakers and we hope it will be welcomed,” she added. “Iran enjoys a high position in the world of Islam and its positive and effective role is of great importance for Pakistan,” she continued. The Pakistani official announced an upcoming visit to Iran at the parliamentary level, along with 30 other members of the special group. Pakistan views Iran as a source of energy for its economic development. Currently the most important project for the extension of Pakistan-Iran economic ties is the completion of the Iran-Pakistan-India gas pipeline, known as IPI gas pipeline project. “Although the economic transactions and relations are not in a high level, but the officials of the two states attempt to boost the economic level through recognizing the existing infrastructures and obstacles,” she continued. Pakistan’s parliament speaker cited the IPI project as one of the greatest economic plans between Tehran and Islamabad. “Islamabad is determined to finalize the IPI project as it is in pressing need of Iran’s gas to make up its needs in energy sector,” she added.

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