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Iran can meet Pakistan's energy needs: Rouhani

Iran can meet Pakistan's energy needs: Rouhani
Iran's President says, Tehran aims to export 1,000 megawatts of electricity to Pakistan

Iran has fulfilled its undertakings for the completion of Iran-Pakistan natural gas pipeline and waits for Pakistan to finish its part, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Saturday.

Rouhani said in Pakistan's capital Islamabad that, Iran could meet all the energy needs of Pakistan and Tehran aims to export 1,000 megawatts of electricity to Pakistan.

Iran currently sells around 100 megawatts of electricity to Pakistan.

"We have done our part to complete natural gas pipeline between the two countries. Pakistan couldn't finish its part due to the sanctions imposed on Iran. Now there are no restrictions, so we expect Pakistan to do its part," said Rouhani.

To a question about the affects of the relations between Pakistan and Iran on India, Rouhani said, “Whenever Iran comes closer to Pakistan, such rumors spread. The problems at the area cannot be solved with war. Iran's nuclear program can be taken as example by this region's countries. We have succeeded peaceful nuclear, countries in the region also can do this," Rouhani noted.

Rouhani's two-day visit to Pakistan started on Friday.

Iran is the first country, who recognized Pakistan after its independence.

The Iran-Pakistan pipeline is expected to provide 22.5 million cubic meters of gas per day when it becomes fully operational by 2020, while Iran projects an initial supply of 7.5 million cubic meters from the pipeline by the end of 2017.

Although Iran said it completed the 900-kilometer part of the pipeline in southern Iran, running from the South Pars gas field to the Pakistani border, Pakistan has yet to complete its 700-kilometer-long part due to the country's wariness over western sanctions on Iran.
 

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