Iranian President expresses desire to be part of CPEC

| Updated: Aug 23, 2017 11:20 IST

New York [US], Sept. 23 (ANI): Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has expressed a desire to see his country be part of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) in a meeting with Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on the sidelines of the 71st United Nations General Assembly session in New York. Rouhani also lauded Sharif's vision which he said has translated the CPEC into reality, reports Dawn. While asserting that Iran considers Pakistan's economic development as its own development, the Iranian president said that there is a need for defence cooperation between the two countries. He also said that Pakistan's security is the security of Iran. Both sides discussed opportunities for bilateral cooperation in the field of energy, especially oil, gas and electricity. They also noted that progress on Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline and electricity import from Iran would help Pakistan overcome its energy shortages in the coming years. Sharif also apprised Rouhani on the Kashmir issue. Meanwhile, Rouhani extended an invitation to Iran to Sharif. (ANI)