Pakistan wants strong ties with Iran in trade, energy: Gilani

Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani on Sunday said Pakistan is desirous of enhancing its bilateral relations with Iran, especially in energy and trade.

He said realization of Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline project will open new vistas of cooperation.

Gilani expressed these views while talking to Iranian Vice President, Mohammad Javad Mohammadizadeh, as the two leaders met in Boao’s seaside resort city on the sidelines of Boao Forum for Asia, being held Monday.

He said Pakistan attaches great importance to its relations with Iran that is deep-rooted in the realms of history, culture and brotherhood.

The Prime Minister said, “Pakistan is currently facing energy shortage”. He especially mentioned that the electricity being supplied from Iran to Pakistan’s Balochistan province would prove helpful in overcoming the energy shortage.

He called for joint Pak-Iran efforts to ensure a peaceful and prosperous region. He said there was a need to address the issues of narcotics and drug trafficking in the region.

Gilani said “Pakistan wants to enhance trade relations with Iran, particularly export of fruit and vegetable.”

He said Pakistan wants peaceful resolution of the issue of Iran’s nuclear programme.

The Iranian Vice President said Iran considers Pakistan as its brotherly country and called for greater people-to-people contacts for the benefit of two nations.

He said Iran appreciates Pakistan’s efforts to play a positive role in the region by maintaining the stance of peaceful co-existence.