The Foreign Ministers of Pakistan and Iran Friday discussed a gas pipeline involving the two countries and India and hoped that the project would be completed soon. Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki telephoned his Pakistani counterpart Khurshid M Kasuri and exchanged views on the Iran-Pakistan-India gas pipeline.
The two ministers expressed hope that the project, which was of strategic importance, would be completed soon. Besides, they discussed issues of mutual interest, including strengthening of bilateral relations.
Mottaki expressed gratitude for the swift and effective action taken by Pakistani authorities in securing the release of 21 Iranian nationals held hostage by armed bandits recently.
Kasuri assured the Iranian Foreign Minister that anyone having “evil designs” against Iran would not find sanctuary in Pakistan.
Mottaki invited his Pakistani counterpart to attend the Ministerial Conference on Human Rights and Cultural Diversity being held in Tehran on September 3-4 under the umbrella of Non-Aligned Movement (NAM).