Tehran’s gas pipeline diplomacy to free Muslim nation-states from western economic strangulation has finally start paying off. Islamic Republic has long planned to bring its Muslim neighbors, Pakistan, Iraq, Egypt, Turkey, Jorda, Lebanon and Syria together through a network of gas pipelines – which will not only help the countries to meet their growing energy needs and counter US-Israel crippling sanctions against Iran, but also pave the way for a powerful Muslim Commonwealth of states in the future.
On March 11, despite amid US threats to impose sanctions on his country, Pakistan’s President Asif Ali Zardari and his Iranian counterpart, Dr. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad inaugurated the final construction phase of the Iran-Pakistan (I-P) gas pipeline, intended to carry natural gas from Iran to its eastern neighbor. At the ceremony held in Iranian border city of Chabahar, the Pakistani president declared the project was “very important” and stated it was not against any other country. Ahmadinejad, on the other hand, in an apparent jab at US-Israel, declared that the “gas pipeline is a sign of show of resistance against domination”.
On Monday US State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland (a Zionist Jew)threatened that “if this project actually goes forward, that the Iran Sanctions Act would be triggered“. In response, Pakistani foreign minister Hina Rabbani Khar claimed that US would never impose sanctions against Pakistan, which is the only supply route to US-NATO forces in Afghanistan.
Qatar under instructions from its masters in Washington, has offered to supply Pakistan with natural gas at a low price of $18 per million British thermal units (mmbtu) in return for cancelling the I-P project.
In another move, Iran and Iraq have agreed to build a network of new oil and gas export pipelines, showing Iraq’s economic recovery. Iraq under Nouri al-Maliki regime has increasingly shown its independence from US imperialism by cementing very close relations with Iran while openly supporting Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad. Baghdad in recent months has been very critical of rulers of Turkey, Saudi Arabia Qatar, Bahrain – while reaching out to Morsi regime in Cairo.
“The pipeline schemes also underscore Iraq’s chosen course. The country has opted to assume a role consistent with its historical legacy and its economic and strategic clout,” wrote Elie Chalhoub in daily al-Akhbar, March 11, 2013.
Iraq and Jordan have begun work on building parallel oil and gas pipelines connecting southern Iraq to the Red Sea port of Aqaba, with the possibility of extending the link to Egypt. The 1,690-km line, which will take two to three years to complete, is to run from Basra to Haditha west of Baghdad then into Jordanian territory and south to Aqaba. The second phase of the project envisions the building of a western spur from Haditha through Syrian territory to pump 1.25 million barrels of oil per day to the Syrian Mediterranean port of Banias.
Tehran is also working on a plan for a 5,000-km link to transport Iranian gas to Iraq, Syria, Jordan and Lebanon – and on into Europe, providing Iran with an export route that bypasses the Gulf. Iran and Iraq are due to sign an agreement on the first phase of the project next week. The pipeline would enable the Islamic Republic to pump 35 million cubic meters of gas a day to Iraq and beyond.
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