ISLAMABAD – Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources Ghulam Sarwar Khan has called for greater cooperation between Pakistan and Iran in areas of energy and petroleum.

He was talking to Iranian Ambassador Mehdi Honardoost, who called on him in Islamabad on Wednesday.

He said Pakistan is fully committed to implementing Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline project without any foreign pressure. He said IP gas project is the top priority for Pakistan more than any other gas pipeline project, unfortunately, the project was delayed in past due to international sanctions, he added.

The ambassador drew the attention of the minister on the exploration of possibilities in energy sector cooperation especially IP gas pipeline. He said IP gas pipeline will be a game changer for the region as other countries are willing to cooperate in the construction of this gas pipeline.

The ambassador also offered cooperation in government to government deal in the area of import of petroleum products to curb the smuggling.

The minister acknowledged the cooperation offered by Iran in areas of electricity supply to coastal areas.

They also agreed to enhance bilateral trades between the two countries.