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IPI pipeline delayed due to red tape: Senator

Red tapism in Iran is responsible for delay in the implementation of the gas pipeline project, says Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed.

india Updated: Jan 08, 2007 18:49 IST

Bureaucratic red tape in Iran is responsible for the delay in the implementation of the Iran-Pakistan-India (IPI) gas pipeline project, a Pakistani ruling party senator has said.

Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed, heading a Senate delegation to Tehran has blamed Iranian bureaucratic red tape for the delay and asked the country's leadership to address issues like pricing which hindered the progress of the project, the APP news agency reported.

Red tape needs to be slashed speedily by the political leadership in Iran, Hussain, who heads the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations told APP after talks with the Iranian leaders.

In his address to a group of academics and diplomats at the Institute for Political and International Studies in Tehran, Sayed said Pakistan supported Iran's right to develop a peaceful nuclear energy programme in accordance with the IAEA and it was quite clear that the issue could not be solved through the threat of force or sanctions.

Sayed, the general secretary of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Q urged Iran to not isolate itself in the international community as happened in 1980s.

On the nuclear issue, Iran has lost the support of EU, Russia and China as evidenced by the UN Security Council resolutions and this is something for Tehran to ponder, he said adding Iran's cause was not helped by holding the Holocaust conference which was a mistake.

Sayed called for close cooperation between Pakistan and Iran to promote peace and stability in Afghanistan.

The two countries also decided to organise an annual bilateral parliamentary dialogue.