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Funding for Pakistan-Iran gas pipeline not a problem: Khar
 
 
 

Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar said funding is not an issue for Pakistan-Iran gas pipeline plan and there are sources available to arrange finances for the project.
The foreign minister was addressing a joint press conference with her Swedish counterpart Carl Bildt here in Islamabad Wednesday at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
This is a completely viable project, she said.
Khar said that we will adopt such a policy which should be in our interest.  She said Economic Coordination Committee has already set a committee to look into the financing of the Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline and report to the committee.
She condemned the killing of 16 Afghan citizens at the hands of an American soldier, while the Swedish minister expressed grief over the incident.
The two ministers earlier held a meeting in which they decided to double the volume of bilateral trade to $ 900 million by 2014, which is currently at $450 million.
Mr. Bildt lauded Pakistan's foreign policy and efforts to bring stability and prosperity in Afghanistan.  He said Pakistan's role in Afghanistan is important and his country would continue to support it.  He said they will continue to support the dialogue process between Islamabad and Kabul to achieve their goals.
He said he is glad while visiting a democratic Pakistan and his country is willing to develop political dialogue.  He said his country provided humanitarian assistance to Pakistan in the destructive floods.   He said his country would continue to work to provide access to Pakistani goods in the European Union countries.   He said he had very constructive and useful talks with the Pakistani officials.
Mr. Bildt said that now the Afghan National Army has got training and is maintaining law and order situation,his country's support would be intensified during the period of transition in Afghanistan.   He said now Afghan security forces are working well.
To a question he highly regretted the Kandahar incident in which innocent people were killed but said it would not have any impact on his country's policy in Afghanistan.
Foreign Minister Khar  said President Asif Ali Zardari has already stated that  most of Pakistan’s financial problems would be resolved with increase in our volume of trade with the international community, especially with European Union.   She described her meeting with the Swedish foreign minister as useful and said we will continue to work to increase our bilateral relations and increase our trade.   She said we have a heavy agenda and want to develop our relations on people to people contact.
She said Sweden will help us in the Renewable Energy Sector and support in the construction of small and medium dams.   She said a mechanism is being developed to increase Swedish investment in Pakistan.   Hina Rabbani Khar said that an investor from Sweden had invested 100 million dollars in Pakistan in 2010. 
The Foreign Minister said that a five year plan has been cleared with the European Union and we want that this plan should be institutionalized.  She said we need more access to the European Markets to import our industrial goods.
She said the Parliamentary Committee is considering our terms of engagement with the United States, ISAF and NATO and we will follow such a policy which should have ownership of our people.   She said the policy would be more robust and applicable when it has the support of our people and we will apply it easily.  She said our foreign policy should be reflective of mutual interest and mutual respect.

 
 
 
 
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