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14:29 | 2010-04-12

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Envoy Urges Expansion of Iran-Pakistan All-Out Ties

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Envoy to Pakistan lauded the close ties between Tehran and Islamabad, and called for the expansion of mutual cooperation in all fields.

Speaking to a business community during his visit to the Rawalpindi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (RCCI), Iranian Ambassador to Pakistan Mashallah Shakeri described Pakistan as an Islamic brother and neighboring states of Iran.

He stressed that Tehran was keen to enhance its bilateral trade relations with Islamabad.

Noting that the present trade volume between the two Islamic countries stood just above one billion dollar, the ambassador stressed the need for enhancing the trade volume between two capitals.

Referring to Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline project, Shakeri said that Iran has done her job by spreading 1,000 km of pipeline on its soil and now it was up to Pakistan.

"Iran is fully aware of the problems currently facing Pakistan and our prime goal is to bring Pakistan out of the prevailing crisis," Shakeri added.

He also stated that Iran is fervent to endow 1,000 MW of electricity to Pakistan on very discounted rates to overcome the prevailing energy crisis in that country.

He noted that Tehran was presently working on a project to generate 39MW electricity in its Sistan and Balouchestan Province and another 100MW electricity project for Gowaddar region.

Referring to the presence of Pakistani products in the Iranian market, Shakeri said that Pakistan's Mango, Kinno, rice, meat and vegetables were highly demanded by Iranians.

Pakistan has also made a remarkable progress in telecommunication sector and Iran could take Pakistan's help in this regard, he added.

Iran always wanted to see Pakistan as a self-sufficient state in the field of economic activities, Shakeri stated.