ISLAMABAD: Pakistan welcomed the nuclear deal between Iran and six major powers, state media reported today.

Advisor on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz said Pakistan has always emphasized the need for resolution of the nuclear dispute through dialogue.

He expressed confidence that after the lifting of economic sanctions, Iran would integrate with regional and global economic markets and this would benefit different countries, including Pakistan.

He pointed out that before sanctions bilateral trade between Pakistan and Iran had reached two billion dollars which came down to just 300 million dollar. The lifting of sanctions would also help boost bilateral trade between Pakistan and Iran.

He said there is great demand for Pakistani goods in Iran but mode of payment was the biggest hurdle because of sanctions on Iran.

Sartaj Aziz said the deal would also help achieve progress on Pakistan-Iran Gas Pipeline project.