ISLAMABAD: Caretaker Prime Minister Muhammadmian Soomro has urged the need to develop an integrated strategy to meet the growing energy requirement of the region. Talking to Iranian Foreign Minister Manochar Mottaki who called on him here on Friday, the Prime Minister said the entire region needs development and gas pipeline project would help Pakistan to meet energy requirement of its industrial sector as well as for overall development of the region.
He said Pakistan and Iran enjoy cordial relations based on mutual trust and common culture and history. He emphasized that relations between the two countries should further be strengthened for the benefit of the people. Muhammadmian Soomro said that Pakistan is passing through a challenging phase and expressed the confidence it will overcome it. He said terrorism is a great threat to the world and stressed the need to eliminate this menace by collective efforts.
He said there is a great potential in bilateral trade between the two counties and it should be expanded with full volume in all sectors.The Iranian Foreign Minister Manochar Mottaki expressed the confidence that the steps taken by Pakistan for peace will greatly help the security of the region. He said that the two countries have good economic relations but efforts are required to increase these relations and to enhance the volume of the bilateral trade. He said the Joint Economic Council which is going to meet next month would help to further grow economic relations of the two countries. Mottaki on the occasion expressed condolence over the sad demise of PPP Chairperson Benazir Bhutto.-SANA