(www.irna.ir.en) вЂ" Pakistan's prime minister Shaukat Aziz said Tuesday that Iran's nuclear issue should be resolved through dialogue and discussion and noted that the pipeline from Iran through Pakistan to India will contribute to establishing peace in the region.
"We think the current challenges on Iran nuclear situation be settled through dialogue and discussion. And we are certainly against the use of force to settle any of this issue," Aziz told the foreign relations committee of the European Parliament in Brussels this morning.
Responding to a question by a Member of the European Parliament on the pipeline, he said recent discussion by the experts from the three countries have made good progress.
Aziz said both India and Pakistan need more energy as their economies are growing and Iran has large gas reserves, reports Trend.
"We have also approached India and India is interested in having this line. I think it is a good project. We call it the peace pipeline because we believe that relations between the countries will improve.
"If India is part of this pipeline, we think it will be a great effort to build peace in the region," added Aziz.
The Pakistani premier also spoke about the Kashmir issue, relations with India and Afghanistan and about terrorism.
"Islam abhors terrorism and violence in all its form. Terrorism has no religion," he stressed.
Aziz called for closer ties with the EU and further increase in trade exchanges between the 27-member Euro bloc and Pakistan.
EU-Pakistan trade exchanges total seven billion euro annually.
Aziz, who arrived in Brussels on Sunday on a 3-day visit is to meet later Tuesday with EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana and NATO officials.