A file picture taken on May 11, 2015 shows Iranian workers transfering goods from a cargo container to trucks at the Kalantari port in city of Chabahar on May 12, 2015. AFP PHOTO / ATTA KENARE
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Pakistan is in the final stages of negotiating a deal to increase its electricity imports from Iran tenfold, a Pakistani government spokesman said Tuesday, part of a push to boost trade if sanctions relating to Iran's nuclear program are phased out.Pakistan's trade with Iran, worth $1.3 billion in the financial year 2008-9, plummeted to $217 million dollars in the 2013-4 financial year.U.S. Senator Brian Schatz said Monday he backs the U.S.-led international nuclear deal with Iran, moving President Barack Obama one vote closer to locking in enough Senate votes to make the deal fly.Iran currently exports around 100 megawatts (MW) of electricity to the areas of Pakistan that border Iran.
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