1. Iran, Pakistan discuss cooperation on CPEC

Iran, Pakistan discuss cooperation on CPEC

Soon after Iran's willingness and capacities to participate in different projects of CPEC was raised in a recent meeting between President Rouahni and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif in New York, Iran's envoy to Pakistan has begun paving the way for Tehran to play its active role in CPEC.

By: | Islamabad | Published: October 9, 2016 11:21 AM
"China-Pakistan Economic Corridor should be extended to Iran," Zahir Shah said. (Reuters) “China-Pakistan Economic Corridor should be extended to Iran,” Zahir Shah said. (Reuters)

Soon after Iran’s willingness and capacities to participate in different projects of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) was raised in a recent meeting between President Rouahni and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif in New York, Iran’s envoy to Pakistan has begun paving the way for Tehran to play its active role in CPEC.

In a meeting between Iran Ambassador to Islamabad Mehdi Honardoost and CPEC Projects Director Zahir Shah, both sides discussed those fields and areas in which Iran would be able to participate and play a role in completing the biggest ever joint economic project between Pakistan and China; a project that Pakistan has also asked Iran to join while completed, IRNA reported.

“Iran’s private sectors have huge capabilities in different fields including technical, engineering, energy projects, road and construction, building energy transmission lines… and are fully prepared to participate in different projects of CPEC,” said Honardoost.

The ambassador also stressed that Iran is ready to meet the energy needs of Pakistan including natural gas and electricity, which is crucially important for Islamabad to move faster on completion of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.

In the meeting, Zahir Shah praised Iran’s willingness and readiness to participate in the projects and emphasised the importance of cooperation between Tehran and Islamabad in different fields.

“China-Pakistan Economic Corridor should be extended to Iran,” Zahir Shah said.

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