Pakistan-Iran gas pipeline receives go-ahead despite objections from Washington

Iran news headlines on Thursday include IP gas pipeline progress despite US opposition; Argentina’s Congress approval of Iran-Argentina agreement on 1994 bombing; Iran’s Majlis Speaker calling Iran nuke talks “positive” and Iran-Turkey establishment of joint commercial zone on the border.
Iran tells Zardari pipeline must advance despite US opposition

Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Wednesday told the visiting Pakistani president that a much-delayed $7.5 billion gas pipeline project must go ahead despite US opposition.

“The Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline is an important example of Tehran-Islamabad cooperation, and despite hostilities towards the expansion of ties we must overcome this opposition decisively,” Khamenei told Asif Ali Zardari, his office reported.

Argentina’s Congress approves pact with Iran to probe bombing

Argentina’s Congress approved early on Thursday a agreement with Iran to investigate the 1994 bombing of a Buenos Aires Jewish community center that Argentine courts have long accused Tehran of sponsoring.

Jewish leaders say the pact to set up a “truth commission” risks undermining the ongoing judicial investigation into the attack, which killed 85 people, but President Cristina Fernandez says it could shed new light on the case after years of deadlock.

Iran’s speaker describes Iran-P5+1 talks as “positive”

Iran’s Majlis (parliament) Speaker Ali Larijani described the talks between Iran and the P5+1 group – Britain, China, France, Russia, the United States plus Germany, as “positive,” Iranian Majlis website reported on Thursday.

Larijani, currently on an Indian trip, made the remarks in a meeting with the Indian President Pranab Mukherjee on Wednesday, the report said.

Turkey, Iran to establish joint commercial zone on border

Iran and Turkey will be establishing a joint commercial zone on the border between the two countries, IRIB News reported.

CEO of the “Industrial Estates” company of West Azarbaijan province, Ahmad Mousavi said there will be two towns built, one on the Turkish side of the border, one on that of Iran.

 

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