Iran, India to study gas pipeline through Pakistan
TEHRAN, May 24 (AFP) - Iran and India have agreed to carry out technical
studies for a gas pipeline linking their countries via Pakistan, Iranian
Foreign Minister Kamal Kharazi said in remarks reported Wednesday.
Kharazi was quoted by the financial press that he and Indian Foreign
Minister Jaswant Singh held "very useful and concrete" talks
on the pipeline.
The decision to study the pipeline came at the end of the joint Iranian-Indian
economic committee's meetings Monday and Tuesday.
The committee agreed to create a panel to study "the project in
its various political, economic, technical and security aspects."
India also wants to buy Iranian petrochemical products, the press reported.
Pakistan, India's long-time enemy, has assured Iran of its complete support
for the pipeline.
Singh met Monday with President Mohammad Khatami, who called for close
cooperation between their countries.
The Indian minister has been visiting Iran since Friday.