ISLAMABAD (Staff Report) – Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Iranian Foreign Minister Jawad Zarif on Thursday discussed the long delayed Pakistan-Iran gas pipeline project during a meeting in Islamabad.

According to a statement both leaders also exchanged their views on extending bilateral ties in a situation when Iran has recently stuck a nuclear deal with West that guaranteed it economic sanctions lifted. They also discussed different clauses of the historic treaty.

Meanwhile Zarif is also scheduled to visit New Delhi to hold dialogue with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The visit of Iranian foreign minister to India is strategically important after the countries signed an agreement to develop Chabahar port, located on Iran’s southeastern coast. The strategically important port would provide India a sea-land access route to Afghanistan bypassing Pakistan.