STAFF REPORT ISB: Iranian Ambassador to Pakistan Mehdi Hoonardost has said that Pakistan has huge doorstep opportunities to get gas from Iran, adding that the Iran- Pakistan gas pipeline would enhance the trade and economic relations between both of the countries.
Talking to media at the National Press Clubs Meet the Press Programme recently, he said, “We have no hard conditions like other countries, adding that Iran want to provide cheap energy for industrial and economic progress of Pakistan.”He said both the countries would ink several agreements, including power sector agreement, during the coming visit of President Hassan Rouhani. He said Iran would export 1,000MW electricity to Pakistan.
“We want to enhance trade volume with Pakistan from $100 million to $5 billion in coming years to strengthen the relations between both brotherly countries, he said.
He highlighted that currently Iran has very strong RandD in the top ten branches of science. He also stressed for promoting cultural exchange between Pakistan and Iran to enhance people to people contacts between the two countries. Both of the countries need to expend the economic and trade cooperation as to enhance the regional trade ties with other countries.