State Dept says Pak-US discussions continue on Iran gas pipeline project

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“We do not have a comment on the details of diplomatic discussions,” State Dept spokesperson says

A day after the Pak-Iran gas pipeline project gets a go-ahead from the caretaker cabinet, the State Department Wednesday said Washington continues to discuss the project with Pakistan’s government, but the spokesperson refused to comment on the “details of diplomatic discussions”.

The spokesperson’s remarks came in response to a question on the resumption of the project and whether it was still a concern for the US.

The State Department maintained that helping Pakistan address its energy shortage crisis is a priority for the US.

“We have supported the addition of approximately 4,000 MW of energy capacity in Pakistan. Our projects have dramatically increased the nation’s electricity capacity — today powering the homes of more than 50 million Pakistanis,” said the spokesperson.

Sharing details of the US-Pakistan Green Alliance, a transformative initiative between the two countries, the State Department said Washington is working with Islamabad to address “today’s most pressing environmental challenges, especially around water management, climate-smart agriculture, and renewable energy”.