Pakistan to act as region's vital economic, energy corridor: FO Spokesman

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Pakistan to act as region's vital economic, energy corridor: FO Spokesman

ISLAMABAD (APP): Foreign Office Spokesman Nafees Zakaria on Tuesday said Pakistan being geographically located at the crossroads of South, Central and West Asia can act as an important economic and energy corridor in the region.

"With rich resources and human capital, the region has immense potential, and Pakistan can play an important role in benefitting the regional countries of Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO)," the Spokesman told APP here.

Nafees Zakaria said the timings of holding of ECO's 13th head of state summit and 22nd Council of Ministers Meeting (COM) was significant as the strategically important region was in the global spotlight.

He said all the ECO members states were fully cognizant of the potential of this region and were focusing their energies to together achieve the targets of development.

He mentioned that five heads of state and three heads of government would be attending the main summit on March 1.

To a question on China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), the Spokesman said the mega project was important and would usher in new era of prosperity for the entire region.

On relations with Iran and Afghanistan, he said there was "no trust-deficit" with the two neighbouring countries, adding that Pakistan had friendly and brotherly relations with them.

However, he mentioned that some terrorist outfits were operating from Afghanistan's soil and were carrying out their nefarious activities in Pakistan.

The Spokesman stressed the need for strict border management with Afghanistan to check the flow of people from both sides of the border.

He said both Pakistan and Afghanistan considered terrorism astheir joint enemy.

When asked about delay in Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline, Zakaria said the delay was only due to a few technical reasons and expressed confidence that the issues would be resolved soon.