John Baird, Canadian foreign minister issued a statement saying that the Canadian federal government got disappointed by Pakistan's decision to build the $7.5 billion gas pipeline to Iran to purchase Iranian resources through the pipeline.
"Canada is deeply disappointed by Pakistan's decision to build a new natural gas pipeline with Iran and to purchase Iranian resources through it," said John Baird in the statement Friday.
Labeling Iran as a 'dangerous' nation and a 'threat' to the global peace, the Canadian foreign minister said Pakistan is collaborating with the nation that the international community was trying to reverse its (Iran's) dangerous course.
"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," said Baird.
The United States of America in recent weeks repeatedly called upon the energy starved Pakistan nation to withdraw the multibillion dollar pipeline project with Iran but despite criticisms from the U.S. and Canada, Pakistan President Asif ALi Zardari is all set to go ahead the pipeline project.
According to Pakistan media, the president has disclosed that the pipeline project will be formally inaugurated March 11 in the Chahbahar city of Iran.
While addressing a group of journalists in the eastern city of Lahore Saturday, the president said that dignitaries from neighboring countries and journalists will be invited to attend the inauguration ceremony.
"I will take along a group of journalists with me to witness the ceremony," said the president.
Blistering the pipeline project, John Baird said that Iran is not the only country with rich in energy.
"We understand that Pakistan has energy needs; however, there are other significant credible resource partners to assist Pakistan with these issues," said Baird. "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."
After series of talks for nearly two decades, the pipeline project finally got approved during the meeting of the two presidents last month.
It is not clear if Canada and U.S. will put sanction on Pakistan if the country goes ahead with the pipeline project, but some American media reported that Washington is likely to slap sanctions on the energy starved country.
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