ISLAMABAD - The multibillion dollars Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline will be one of the major items on the agenda of bilateral talks between Prime Minister’s Adviser on Foreign Affairs and National Security Sartaj Aziz and Iran top leadership during his two day visit to Iran beginning from Monday.

Sartaj Aziz, who will be attending the 21st meeting of Council of Ministers (COM) of Economic Cooperation Organisation (ECO), will take up the IP gas pipeline project with Iranian authorities in the light of major breakthrough between Iran and world’s major powers including the US about Iranian nuclear programme. He would also meet Iranian president and other top leadership to discuss Pak-Iran pipeline project.

Iran struck a historic nuclear deal Sunday with the United States and five other world powers, in the most significant development between Washington and Tehran in more than three decades of estrangement between the two nations. The agreement commits Iran to curb its nuclear activities in exchange for limited and gradual sanctions relief.

According to sources, the deal would pave way for reduction of US opposition to the gas project which had earlier threatened to impose sanctions on Pakistan if it went ahead. Sources were of the view that after these developments, Pakistan desires to fast track the project to reap maximum benefit and mitigate its energy crisis.

Iran Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham told reporters in Tehran that the 21st meeting of Council of Ministers of the ECO will be held on November 24-27 in Tehran. The foreign ministers of the ECO member states will investigate the dimensions of cooperation in the three-day meeting in Iran, she said. Iran would take over ECO leadership for region for 1 year.

According to Foreign Office Spokesperson Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry‚ the Adviser would address the meeting, which would largely focus on main activity area of ECO including transport‚ trade‚ energy‚ environment and agriculture. It would focus on enhancing cooperation among the member countries in the economic‚ technical and cultural fields. It would also discuss ways to promote mutual collaboration in trade‚ energy‚ transport‚ environment and agriculture sectors.

ECO is an intergovernmental regional organisation established in 1985 by Iran, Pakistan and Turkey for the purpose of promoting economic, technical and cultural cooperation among the member states. In 1992, the Organisation was expanded to include seven new members, namely: the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Republic of Azerbaijan, Republic of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Republic of Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Republic of Uzbekistan.