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US supports TAPI, opposes Pak-Iran gas project: Olson

06 March, 2013

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TARBELA: US ambassador to Pakistan Richard Olson has said his country supports Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India (TAPI) gas pipeline project (TAPI), but not Iran, Pakistan project.

"As far as Pakistan, Iran gas project is concerned, US does not lend support to it and rather we support TAPI. We are alive to the challenges facing Pakistan in energy sector and we are assisting Pakistan in this respect. Pakistan can exercise alternate energy option to overcome energy crisis and US will extend full support to it," Olson said while talking to media persons Tuesday during his visit to Tarbela dam along with Chairman Wapda Syed Raghib Abbas Shah.

To a question, the US envoy said his country recognises sacrifices rendered by Pakistan in war on terror. He said the international community would have to take unified steps to counter this menace. Raghib Shah said Pakistan appreciates the support of the United States in energy sector.

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