Pak supports peaceful use of N-energy by Iran: Gilani
Last Updated: Sunday, April 01, 2012, 20:12
Beijing: Pakistan supports "peaceful use" of nuclear technology by Iran, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has said, as he backed enhanced energy and trade ties with Tehran, which is facing international sanctions.

Gilani said Pakistan is desirous of enhancing its bilateral relations with Iran, especially in energy and trade.

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

Gilani said "Pakistan wants to enhance trade relations with Iran," and stressed for increasing it up to five billion dollars, the APP reported. He said Pakistan supports peaceful use of nuclear technology by Iran.

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, to be held tomorrow.

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

"Pakistan is currently facing energy shortage," Gilani said, noting that the 1,000 MW 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 suggested that the opening of Pakistan's consulate in Bandar Abbas would not only facilitate the people but would also reduce the road distance by 1,000 kilometres.

He said Pakistan wants to maintain good ties with its neighbours including Iran, Afghanistan, China and India and called for joint efforts for the stability in Afghanistan.

He said Iran had completed its work on Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline and urged Pakistan to expedite from its side.

The US has and its allies have accused Iran of trying to develop nuclear weapons. Tehran says its atomic programme is peaceful.


First Published: Sunday, April 01, 2012, 19:26

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