Pakistan, US Discuss Iran Gas Pipeline: State Dept

 Pakistan, US Discuss Iran Gas Pipeline: State Dept

Pakistan, US Discuss Iran Gas Pipeline: State Dept

WASHINGTON: The US State Department revealed Wednesday that Washington is still discussing the Pak-Iran gas pipeline project with Islamabad, but refused to elaborate on the “details of diplomatic discussions”.

The State Department’s statement comes just a day after the caretaker cabinet approved the project. As a result, the spokesperson responded to a question about the gas pipeline project’s resumption. And whether it remained a concern for the American government.

The State Department maintained that assisting Pakistan in addressing its energy shortage crisis is a top priority for the United States.

“We have supported the addition of approximately 4,000MW of energy capacity to Pakistan. Our projects have significantly increased the nation’s electricity capacity. Now powering the homes of over 50 million Pakistanis,” the spokesperson stated.

The State Department shared details of the US-Pakistan Green Alliance. A transformative initiative between the two countries, saying Washington was working with Islamabad to address “today’s most pressing environmental challenges. Particularly in water management, climate-smart agriculture, and renewable energy.”

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The aforementioned statement by the State Department comes after the caretaker government approved the postponement of its plan to file an appeal against the US sanctions under the Pak-Iran Gas Pipeline project, The News reported today.

The decision made due to the current geopolitical situation.

According to sources, the decisions made by the Ministerial Oversight Committee regarding the Pak-Iran gas pipeline project have approved.

The Petroleum Division prepared the summary based on the decisions of the Ministerial Oversight Committee. Though the final draft of the application prepared. The plan to submit it to the US authorities has now been postponed. The Petroleum Division has prepared a summary based on the decisions of the committee, which has been approved.

A day earlier, the caretaker federal cabinet committee approved the Pak-Iran gas pipeline project with plans to complete it in a year. Marking it a major development with hopes of boosting the country’s energy security.

On February 23, the federal cabinet approved a summary through circulation to ratify an earlier decision by the Cabinet Committee on Energy to greenlight the project. Which had delayed for more than a decade.

The 1,931-kilometer-long gas pipeline project is expected to completed in one year. And will cost $158 million. Out of the total length, 1,150 kilometres will be laid inside Iran, with the remainder in Pakistan up to Gwadar.

It should noted that Iran has already completed the construction of a 900-kilometre pipeline. The project agreement signed in 2009 and was scheduled to completed in 2015.

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