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20:05 | 2012-04-01

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Pakistani PM Calls for Stronger Ties with Iran

TEHRAN (FNA)- Pakistani Prime Minister Yousef Raza Gilani asked for stronger ties between Islamabad and Tehran, and announced that Pakistan will purchase 1,100 MW of electricity from Iran in a bid to overcome its energy shortages.

Speaking at a meeting with Iranian Vice-President Javad Mohammadizadeh in Boao, China on Sunday, Gilani said Pakistan wants cordial relations with all its neighbors, and that Islamabad is interested in also buying oil and gas from Iran.

The two senior officials are in China to take part in the Boao Forum for Asia (BFA) Annual Conference 2012.

He mentioned that the electricity being supplied from Iran to Pakistan's Balochistan province would prove helpful in overcoming his country's acute energy shortage.

Gilani said that Pakistan wants cordial relations with all its neighbors and everyone should work for peace in Afghanistan.

He further reiterated that Pakistan considers Jundollah as a terror group, and also said that Pakistan is interested in buying oil, gas and electricity from Iran and further discussed the projects with Iranian vice president.

Mohammadizadeh said that Iran and Pakistan are bound by centuries-old traditions and ties and that he hoped for a prosperous future for both nations.

Iran and Pakistan have always had very close and intimate relations throughout the history.

The two countries exchange delegations on a regular basis and their leaders are resolved to further accelerate expansion of ties and cooperation between the two neighboring nations.