TEHRAN, Nov. 20 (Mehr News Agency) -- Foreign Minister Manuchehr Mottaki said here on Monday that Iran is prepared to expedite the process of constructing the Iran-Pakistan-India natural gas pipeline, which has been dubbed the peace pipeline.
"This pipeline will boost security and stability in the region," Mottaki said during a meeting with a group of senior officials of the Pakistani mass media.
In light of the high demand for energy in Asia and the importance of development projects in Pakistan and India, providing the region with the energy it requires is a necessity, he added.
"In our meetings with Pakistani and Indian officials, we have reached a consensus on the pipeline project, and a joint expert group with members from the three countries is studying ways to implement the project," the Iranian foreign minister added.
In light of the great potential for cooperation between Tehran and Islamabad and the many affinities of the two nations and governments, the outlook for future relations is very promising, Mottaki said.
Iranian and Pakistani officials are determined to expand ties in all areas, he noted, adding that media people can play an influential role in expediting cooperation between the two countries.
On Iran-U.S. relations, Mottaki said, "If we observe a change not only in U.S. officials' statements but also in their actions, we will consider the issues."
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