MONITORING REPORT ISB: A Pakistani energy delegation is set to visit Iran in order to discuss speed up the implementation of the Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline, Iranian oil ministry announced has said.

The ministry noted that Tehran and Islamabad have close cooperation to accomplish the IP gas pipeline despite their differences in this regard.

It is to be mentioned here that last month, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif and his Pakistani counterpart Hanna Rabbani had called on relevant officials to do their best to remove the existing barriers to the expedition of the Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline project.

The Iranian and Pakistani foreign ministers also underlined the need for increasing the trade transactions volume and strengthening cooperation between the two countries trade ministries and their interior ministries to increase the security of the borders to prevent drug trafficking, illegal trespassing and activities of the terrorist groups.

In a recent meeting in New York, the two sides also pointed out that more delay in implementation of the pipeline in Pakistani soil is not good, and vowed to coordinate efforts to make the fruitful project operational in near future.

Iran has already built its 900-kilometer share of the pipeline on its own soil and is waiting for the 700-kilometer Pakistani side of the pipeline to be built.

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