Envoy: Iran can Help Meet Pakistan’s Energy Needs

A00138738.jpgTEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Consul General in Lahore Saeed Kharazi said that Iran can help Pakistan meet its energy needs as his country produced 35,000 megawatts of electricity.

In a meeting on Wednesday with Punjab Senior Minister Raja Riaz Ahmed, who called on him at his residence, the Iranian consul general said that the Iran-Pakistan-India gas pipeline project was of vital importance for Pakistan in fulfilling its increasing energy needs.

Kharazai said Iran wanted to enhance cooperation in agriculture and industry as Punjab had vast potentials for investment, adding that an exhibition of Iranian goods would soon be held in Lahore and that the governor of Mashhad would also visit Lahore to further cement the ties.

Raja Riaz Ahmad agreed that Iranian investors should benefit from new opportunities in Pakistan in trade, agriculture, industry and energy resources, and said that Pakistan and Iran were brotherly countries with common interests in the region.

The minister said the government was striving to increase water resources and that the provincial Irrigation Department had identified 317 suitable points on barrages and canals where small hydroelectric power stations could be set up to produce a total of 600 megawatt electricity.

Provincial Sports and Culture Minister Dr Tanveerul Islam and a number of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) MPAs were also present in the meeting.

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