March 1st, 2013 - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today issued the following statement:
“Canada is deeply disappointed by Pakistan’s decision to build a new natural gas pipeline with Iran and to purchase Iranian resources through it.
“At a time when the international community is united in using every lever possible to convince Iran to reverse its dangerous course, Pakistan’s decision runs directly contrary to these objectives and should be revisited.
“We understand that Pakistan has energy needs; however, there are other significant credible resource partners to assist Pakistan with these issues.
“Iran is the greatest threat to global peace and security today, and a nuclear Iran would only further destabilize the region. We call on Pakistan to work with the international community to address this situation.”
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