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1/2/05

Iran's oil minister in Islamabad on Jan 5

Islamabad, Jan 2, IRNA -- Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh will arrive in Pakistan on Wednesday for talks on bilateral cooperation, diplomatic sources said on Sunday.

"We can confirm that Mr Zanganeh will be here on Wednesday for a short visit on his way to India," the Press Section of Iran Embassy in Islamabad told IRNA.

It was also learned that he will hold talks with his Pakistani counterpart, Amanullah Khan Jaddun.

A four-member delegation of Pakistan's Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Resources held talks this week in Tehran on the proposed pipeline project between the two countries.

The team led by Secretary Ahmed Waqar reviewed with Iranian officials the progress so far made on the gasline project, local press reports said.

Zanganeh's visit is regarded as continuation of the on-going discussions between the two countries to finalise a formal agreement on a bilateral pipeline laying.

His talks will take place prior to the upcoming visit of Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz to Iran to preside over the joint ministerial commission meeting.

Cabinet ministers and other high-ranking officials would be part of his entourage.

Pakistan is interested in importing gas from neighboring Iran to meet its growing energy requirements.

Besides the above-mentioned project, Pakistan is weighing two less-practical options of importing gas from Turkmenistan and Qatar.

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