Amid the US-led publicity campaign on the prospect of an Israeli military strike on Iran, Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari says his country will support Iran against any foreign aggression, Press TV reports.
Islamabad will also not provide any assistance to Washington over a conflict with Tehran, Zardari told reporters in a joint press conference with his Iranian and Afghan counterparts Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Hamid Karzai in Islamabad on Friday.
Washington and Tel Aviv have repeatedly threatened Tehran with a ‘military option’ in their attempts to force the Islamic Republic to halt its peaceful nuclear program, which has been closely monitored by inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
Tehran, however, maintains that as a signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and an IAEA member, it has the right to develop and acquire nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.
The Pakistani president further stated that Islamabad would not permit foreign pressure to affect its ties with Tehran and stressed the importance of implementing a joint gas pipeline project with Iran.
The Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline project is meant to export a daily amount of 21.5 million cubic meters (8.7 billion cubic meters per year) of the Iranian natural gas to Pakistan.
The maximum daily gas transfer capacity of the 56-inch pipeline, which runs over 900 km on Iran's soil from Asalouyeh in Bushehr Province to the city of Iranshahr in Sistan and Baluchestan Province, is said to stand at 110 million cubic meters.
PressTV - Pakistan will back Iran in case of foreign attack: Zardari
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