US Opposes Iran-Pakistan (IP) Gas Pipeline Project Amid Concerns, Diplomatic Efforts

The US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia, Donald Lu, has stated that the United States is against the Iran-Pakistan (IP) gas pipeline project during a congressional hearing in Washington.

Iran (IMNA) - Lu emphasized the US's efforts to prevent the construction of the IP project, expressing concerns over the strain it may cause in Pakistan's relations with Iran. The US official also mentioned Washington's communication with Islamabad regarding the matter. Despite Pakistan's recent approval to advance the project, the US is closely monitoring its funding and maintaining efforts to discourage Pakistan from engaging in the gas project.

Pakistan's Cabinet Committee on Energy Approves Construction of Iran-Pakistan (IP) Gas Pipeline, Amid Challenges and Financial Risks

The Pakistan Cabinet Committee on Energy (CCoE) has given its approval for the commencement of the construction of an 80-kilometer pipeline from the Pak-Iran border to Gwadar. This decision comes after the project, initially launched in 2013, faced significant delays due to the challenges it posed for Pakistan amid international sanctions targeting Iran. The original requirement for Pakistan was to complete the pipeline construction on its territory by the end of 2014. However, the project's progress was hindered during this period. In case Pakistan decides to terminate the gas pipeline agreement, it may face a substantial fine of $18 billion.

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