President Zardari, President Ahmadinejad decide to pursue Iran-Pakistan gas pipe line project

Islamabad, February 27, 2013 (PPI-OT): President Asif Ali Zardari and President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad today decided to vigorously pursue the Iran Pakistan gas pipe line project as well as other mega projects between the two countries,

Spokesperson Senator Farhatullah Babar said that the decision was taken during two rounds of meetings between the two leaders, one the delegation level and other one-on-one meeting in Tehran today when they underscored the need to take full advantage of each others’ resources and expertise.

The two Presidents also reaffirmed their commitment to work hand in hand in overcoming the challenges resulting from the emergent situation in the region.

Besides bilateral matters the two leaders also discussed situation in Afghanistan and the regional and international situation.

While highlighting need for greater trade President Zardari proposed free trade agreement between the two countries, easing of visa restrictions and revisiting the tariff and non-tariff trade barriers.

President Zardari said that the two countries together with Turkey could provide fresh impetus to the Economic Trade Organization that would further strengthen bonds among the people and also promote trade and socio-economic development in the region.

Issues in curbing militancy including enhanced cooperation in the area of border security, curbing narco-trade and illegal trafficking also came under discussion.

Later the President also called on Supreme Leader of Iran Mr. Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Hosseini Khamenei. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was also present during the meeting.

Pak-Iran bilateral relations, regional situation with special reference to the challenges being faced by Muslim Ummah was discussed during the meeting of the three leaders.

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