TEHRAN - Iranian Deputy Energy Minister Mohammad Behzad said on Saturday the Islamic Republic will triple its electricity exports to Pakistan to help the Asian country ease its power shortages. Behzad pointed to the recent proposal by the Pakistani government to increase power import from Iran and said Electricity exports to Pakistan will increase step by step, Irans Mehr news agency reported. The official added that Iran currently exports about 100 megawatts of electricity to Pakistan. He also announced Irans readiness to exports its surplus electricity to all neighbouring countries, adding that Irans power grid will soon be connected to those of southern Persian Gulf littoral states. The Iranian deputy energy minister also noted that Irans power exports are expected to reach $1 billion in the current Iranian year (started March 21). Earlier in June, Iranian Energy Minister Majid Namjou said that the country is prepared to increase its electricity exports to Pakistan by 1,000 megawatts by the next three years. The minister further explained that Iran is setting up a new electricity grid to deliver its electricity to Pakistan. Irans electricity network is connected into the power grids of seven neighbouring countries, including Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Turkey, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan.