Senior Iranian Oil Ministry officials have announced that they have reached agreement with the Pakistani government about shipping Iranian natural gas across Pakistan via pipelines to China.

National Iranian Gas Export Company managing director Hossein Bidarmaghz told journalists, "Iran's advantage over its rival countries (Qatar and Russia) is its location between two big natural gas consumption markets, China and Europe," Islamabad’s The News newspaper reported.

Bidarmaghz highlighted China's growing need for natural gas and liquefied natural gas,

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