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Deputy FM: Energy now on agenda of Iran's diplomacy

Tehran, March 12, IRNA-Deputy Foreign Minister for Economic Affairs Alireza Sheikh Attar said in Tehran on Sunday that the issue of energy has been placed on the agenda of Iran's foreign diplomacy.

Speaking at an international conference dubbed 'Energy and Security, Asian Vision', he said it is the first time that the issue of energy has been dealt with as one of the pillars of Iran's diplomacy.

Highlighting the ever-increasing role of gas in generation of energy and the sensitivity of Europe to the issue, he said the recent energy dispute between Russia and Ukraine showed to what extend the issue of energy is important and thus Iran as country possessing the second largest gas reserves in the world cannot remain indifference to the issue.

Any probable insecurity or tension over transfer of energy from Iran to other countries could inflict heavy losses on the end users especially the Europeans, he said, while elaborating on the country's significant status and its potentials for energy generation.

It is the Europe and the US that are the main cause of insecurity in Asia and the Middle East region in particular, he pointed out.

On importance of Iran-Pakistan-India gas pipeline project, he said "At first, due to some challenges between India and Pakistan, the lan made little progress but later with an improvement of ties between the two countries the plan has made a significant progress." The economic project can be extended to China and help boost development and technological know-how in Asia, he pointed out.

The Americans have voiced dissatisfaction with implementation of the project, he said.

The interests of regional countries such as Persian Gulf littoral states, Caspian Sea, Russia and Turkey depend on energy and gas in particular, he underlined.

Russia has voiced readiness to invest in the joint gas project between Iran, Pakistan and India, he said.

Iran welcomes investment of foreign countries in its energy sector, he concluded.

The two day confab is to be concluded on Monday.

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