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Pakistan opposes use of force against Iran: PM

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Islamabad, Sept 7, IRNA
Pakistani Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz said Wednesday that Pakistan is against the use of force to resolve the Iranian nuclear issue and supports the European Union initiative in this regard.

The Prime Minister made the remarks in a meeting with Iran's visiting Secretary of Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Larijani.

Larijani arrived in Islamabad on a one-day visit on Wednesday to discuss major regional and international issues with the senior Pakistani officials.

Pakistan is against the nuclear proliferation but at the same time supports the right of each country to use nuclear energy for peaceful purposes under the IAEA regulations, Aziz said.

He expressed confidence that Tehran-Islamabad fraternal ties would be further improved in all fields, particularly in economy and trade.

Both capitals enjoy deep cultural, religious and traditional relations and they have always stood at each others side facing challenges, said the official.

Expressing hope that Iran-Pakistan bilateral ties would be further cemented in the future, the prime minister added that Islamabad is committed to implement Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline project to meet the latter's growing economic needs.

Aziz noted that during his last visit to Tehran, he had in-depth talks with the country's Supreme Leader and and its former president about the pipeline assuring a win-win position for all parties.

The prime minister further told Larijani that he has instructed the Pak National Highway Authority to award road construction contracts to the Iranian firms on negotiation basis in order to take advantage of Tehran's experience in the field.


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