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Pak minister to visit Iran for pipeline talks

Pakistan's Foreign Minister Khurshid Mehmood Kasuri will pay an official visit to Iran next month.

india Updated: Nov 04, 2006 15:23 IST

Pakistan's Foreign Minister Khurshid Mehmood Kasuri will pay an official visit to Iran next month for bilateral talks on key issues, including the Iran-Pakistan-India gas pipeline project.

The Dawn newspaper quoted Chairman of Senate Foreign Relations Committee Senator Mushahid Hussain as saying this in Islamabad.

On the gas pipeline project, he declared that Pakistan and Iran were both fully committed to it.

Referring to the pressure Pakistan had faced on Iran's nuclear issue at the IAEA, he stated, "We did not succumb to pressure, and China and Russia took a principled position."

Pakistan and Iran have always had special and strong ties, Senator Hussain said, adding successive governments in both countries had continued to build on them.

He recapitulated that Iran and Pakistan had stood by each other through thick and thin and would continue to do so.