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News number: 8806151294

19:03 | 2009-09-06

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Pakistani Official Calls for Strengthening Ties with Iran

TEHRAN (FNA)- Pakistani Chief Minister Seyed Qaem Ali Shah urged for the further expansion and consolidation of his country's relations with Iran, given the age-old friendly ties between the two nations.



Speaking in a meeting with Iranian Consul General in Karachi Mohammad Masoud Zamani, Ali Shah reiterated that Iran and Pakistan enjoy ample commonalities, and called on the two sides to use such commonalities to further expand ties and mutual cooperation.

He further pointed to a multi-billion-dollar pipeline project for transferring Iran's gas reserves to his nation, and reiterated the Pakistani government's strong support for the project.

The long-waited gas pipeline deal was signed by Iranian and Pakistani officials in Istanbul, Turkey in May.

The 2700-kilometer long pipeline is to supply gas for Pakistan which is suffering a lack of energy sources.

Also during the meeting, Zamani described Pakistan and Iran as one soul in two bodies, and said the Islamic Republic of Iran supports the democratic approach of Pakistan's new government.

"The Islamic Republic of Iran respects the sovereignty of Pakistan," he added.

Briefing Ali Shah on bilateral relations, Zamani termed the two countries ties "positive", and expressed the hope that relations and solidarity between Iran and Pakistan would further consolidate under the new Islamabad government.