Washington: With Iran and Pakistan insisting to go ahead with their ambitious gas pipeline, the US has said that Islamabad has much better ways to address energy shortage issue rather than partnering with Tehran on this project.
"We made it clear to our interlocutors, that it`s in their best interest to avoid any sanctionable activity," Patrick Ventrell, the State Department spokesperson told reporters yesterday.
"We recognise that Pakistan has significant energy requirements, but we really think there are other long-term solutions to Pakistan`s energy needs, and so we`ve been assisting as a government to contribute to the alleviation of the energy crisis in Pakistan," he said.
"We think that we provide and are providing the Pakistani government and people a better way to meet their energy needs in some of the assistance we`re providing," he said in response to a question.
The US, which has started an energy dialogue with Pakistan, he said has contributed to the alleviation of the energy crisis in Pakistan by supporting large-scale energy projects, including one that`ll add 900 MW to the power grid by 2013.
"That`s going to help supply electricity to an estimated two million Pakistanis. So we do have some bilateral assistance which we think is useful and helpful in that regard," he said.