Amir-Hossein Zamaninia, deputy petroleum minister
for international affairs and trading, said the Tehran-Islamabad relations have
always been historical and fraternal and the religious and cultural links
between the two countries are the strongest backbone of friendly relations
between them especially in economic grounds.
He said the Islamic Republic of Iran regards
energy and gas as a factor for bolstering regional cooperation and integrity with
neighbors including Pakistan.
The official further underlined positive signals
regarding completion of the project from the new government in Pakistan, adding
under the new conditions, Iran would welcome continuation of talks for
completion of the project.
The Iranian section of the Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline
has been constructed with a length of 900 kilometers for $2.5 billion, and
another $1 billion should be invested for completing it, but the second part of
the pipeline in Pakistan is 780 Km and is yet to be laid out.