IRNA quoted Solat as saying on Saturday that his company is eager to complete the IP gas pipeline project.
Solat said that he had a very fruitful meeting with Ambassador of Iran Mehdi Honardoost in which both sides expressed resolve to go ahead with the IP project.
The official did not reveal more details about the schedule of the upcoming visit of Pakistani delegation and said conditions in new atmosphere are very favorable for Pakistan regarding the IP and a Pakistani delegation, comprising five or six officials of the ministry of petroleum and the gas company will visit Iran in the coming days to continue talks.
“The delegation will comprise of 5 to 6 people from ministry of petroleum and natural sources,” he said.
Commenting on his recent meeting with Iranian ambassador, Solat said that during the meeting the Ambassador also discussed possibility of cooperation between the two countries in LPG (Liquefied petroleum gas) sector.
As for latest developments in the gas line, he said, “We have already awarded the contract for building of Gwadar-Nawabshah pipeline which is part of the IP, to Chinese company and also hopeful that construction of remaining 80-kilometer portion of the IP from Gwadar to Iranian border will start soon.”
Earlier Pakistan foreign ministry Spokesman Nafees Zakaria has said Pakistan and Iran are in contact with each other to take forward the Pakistan-Iran gas pipeline.