By Fatih Karimov - Trend: Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh has announced that the country will not supply Pakistan natural gas at a discount price, the Mehr News Agency reported on Dec.10.
He made the announcement in his first round of talks with Pakistan's Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources Shahid Khaqan Abbasi in Tehran.
Reducing the price of gas to be delivered by the Iran-Pakistan pipeline, extending time for building Pakistan's side of the pipeline and financing about $500 million by Iran were suggested by Khaqan Abbasi in the meeting.
He said that Pakistan is committed to building a multi-billion-dollar gas pipeline from neighboring Iran, but the threat of international sanctions makes the task difficult.
The Iranian oil minister had previously said that he is not optimistic about Tehran's gas exports to Islamabad.
APP on Nov. 28 quoted Shahid Khaqan Abbasi as saying that Pakistan will find an opportunity to complete the proposed gas pipeline project within a year.
"I think trade restrictions will be lifted on Iran following agreement between Iran and world powers," he said.
Abbasi said Pakistan has intensified its efforts to realize the Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline project.
Following inking of a deal on Tehran's nuclear program between Iran and world powers, the current conditions bring the proposed Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline project closer to materialization.
The peace pipeline project was originally initiated between Iran and Pakistan. Later India expressed an interested in joining this project.
The Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline projected to cost $1.2-1.5 billion, would enable the export of 21.5 million cubic meters of Iranian natural gas to Pakistan on a daily basis.