ISLAMABAD: Talks between Pakistan and Iran during the forthcoming visit of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will mainly focus on cooperation in energy sector.
“Pakistan and Iran have agreed to complete at fast pace projects for importing electricity to enhance bilateral relations in the field of trade, energy and economy,” Iranian Ambassador Alireza Highighlian told Minister for Water and Power Syed Naveed Qamar here on Tuesday.
At present three electricity import projects are under way, the first of them is of 35MW which will be enhanced later to 70MW.
While matters relating to importing 100MW have been finalised and the project is ready for groundbreaking, the two countries have moved forward on another 1,000MW project.
The issue of tariff for the projects is in negotiations stage.
The ambassador said he was satisfied with the pace of progress, adding that Iran was keen to invest in various other projects. The minister said that cooperation in various fields of economy would enhance bilateral relations.
“Pakistan attaches high priority to its relations with Iran,” he said, add-ing that the three projects would help ease energy crisis.
“Pakistan is also encouraging Iranian investment in infrastructure projects,” he said.
The visit by the Iranian president would open up new avenues of cooperation, he added.
Ambassador of Tajikistan Zubaidullu Zabaidov also called on the Minister for Water and Power and discussed Casa-1000 project about import of 1,000MW electricity from that country through Afghanistan.
The Tajik ambassador stressed the need for introducing direct flights from Pakistan to Tajikistan in order to boost trade and tourism.
He invited the minister to participate in the Regional Economic Conference for Afghanistan to be held in Tajikistan next month.