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Gas pipeline project inaugurated by Iran, Pakistan leaders

Iranian President and his Pakistani counterpart have officially inaugurated the final construction phase of the Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline project, intended to transfer natural gas from Iran to energy-hungry Pakistan. On Monday, Ahmadinejad and Zardari attended the ceremony on the Iran-Pakistan border. The project willIranian President and his Pakistani counterpart have officially inaugurated the final construction phase of the Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline project, intended to transfer natural gas from Iran to energy-hungry Pakistan. On Monday, Ahmadinejad and Zardari attended the ceremony on the Iran-Pakistan border. The project will help improve economic, political and security ties between Tehran and Islamabad, the two leaders stressed. They also underscored the need for tapping into all of the current capacities between Iran and Pakistan to promote the progress and welfare of the two countries. On March 2, Zardari reiterated that Islamabad would not halt the pipeline project at any cost. The Pakistani president stressed that his government would continue to pursue the building of the gas pipeline despite pressure from the US. Washington has repeatedly expressed its dissatisfaction with the joint project, but Pakistan has dismissed rumors that it might pull out of the project amid pressures by the United States. Pakistan faces a severe energy crisis, which has caused difficulties in financing the pipeline that stretches from the border between the two countries to Nawabshah region in Pakistan. The 1,600-kilometer pipeline would allow the export of 21.5 million cubic meters of Iranian natural gas to Pakistan on a daily basis. Iran has already constructed more than 900 kilometers of the pipeline on its soil. help improve economic, political and security ties between Tehran and Islamabad, the two leaders stressed. They also underscored the need for tapping into all of the current capacities between Iran and Pakistan to promote the progress and welfare of the two countries. On March 2, Zardari reiterated that Islamabad would not halt the pipeline project at any cost. The Pakistani president stressed that his government would continue to pursue the building of the gas pipeline despite pressure from the US. Washington has repeatedly expressed its dissatisfaction with the joint project, but Pakistan has dismissed rumors that it might pull out of the project amid pressures by the United States. Pakistan faces a severe energy crisis, which has caused difficulties in financing the pipeline that stretches from the border between the two countries to Nawabshah region in Pakistan. The 1,600-kilometer pipeline would allow the export of 21.5 million cubic meters of Iranian natural gas to Pakistan on a daily basis. Iran has already constructed more than 900 kilometers of the pipeline on its soil.

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