Team Arrives in Gwadar to Discuss Iran-Pakistan Gas Pipeline Project
GWADAR: A high-level Iranian team of experts arrived in Gwadar on Tuesday to hold talks with the Pakistani authorities about the controversial Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline, officials confirmed.
The Deputy Commissioner of Gwadar received the Iranian delegation and discussed issues of mutual interest. The two countries are determined to soon start work on the gas project despite stiff opposition from the United States against Pakistan’s decision to do business with Iran in order to meet its energy requirements.
The U.S. Consul General in Karachi Michael Dodman warned that the U.S. Department of State may impose sanctions on Pakistan if it goes ahead with the plans to build the bilateral gas pipeline. The pipeline is planned to cross from Iranian Balochistan to Gwadar, Balochistan’s port city in Pakistan, before entering the rest of Pakistan.
Indian, which was another country that had earlier showed interest in the gas project, had withdrawn after expressing dissatisfaction over the security and the rates of the project.
Officials in Gwadar did not provide more details about the contents of the discussion between the Pakistani and the Iranian officials except saying that the two sides wanted to start work on the gas project soon in an effort to increase cooperation between the two countries.
Published in The Baloch Hal on January 29, 2013