0543 GMT February 18, 2019
Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani appreciated the positive role played by Qatar in the region, stressing the need for developing bilateral political and economic relations with Doha, IRNA reported.
During his meeting with Qatari Speaker of the Advisory Council Ahmed bin Abdullah bin Zaid al-Mahmoud, Larijani described any hegemonic temptation in the world as ineffective.
The Qatari speaker also said that his country has great respect for Iran.
During Tuesday’s meeting with a Pakistani Senate official on the sidelines of a conference of Eurasian states’ parliaments in Turkey’s Antalya, Larijani blamed the United States for obstructing the sale of Iranian gas to Pakistan, Tasnim News Agency reported.
Iran’s section of the Iran-Pakistan pipeline was complete and the gas supply is also ready, according to Larijani.
Larijani said certain parties are opposed to cooperation between Tehran and Islamabad.
“Under the contract between Iran and Pakistan, the gas pipeline (on Iran’s soil) has reached the border, and the gas (supply) is also ready, but the US is said to be putting obstacles, because it is mad at your (Pakistan’s) progress and is against the export of gas to Pakistan,” Larijani told Deputy Chairman of the Senate of Pakistan Saleem Mandviwalla.
The senior Pakistani lawmaker said his country’s new government is behind the project and wants it completed immediately.
Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline, which stretches for 900 kilometers only in Iran, has been designed to help populous Pakistan overcome its growing energy needs.
Pakistan has fallen short of constructing the 700-kilometer part of the pipeline on its territory.
In August, Iran’s Ambassador to Islamabad Mehdi Honardoost said Iran has spent more than $2 billion on the gas pipeline project and fulfilled much of its commitments, noting that only a 180-kilometer part of the pipeline on the Iranian soil remains to be completed.
“Should Pakistan take a positive step, we will rapidly finish the remaining section,” the envoy said at the time.