Iran waiting for Indian reply on pipeline: envoy

Monday, 23 December 2002, 08:00 Hrs
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ISLAMABAD: Iran said Saturday it was waiting for New Delhi's response on the proposed Iran-India gas pipeline that passes through Pakistan after Islamabad guaranteed the safety of the project.

"The initial feasibility (study) has been completed and now we are waiting for the Indian reply," Online news agency quoted Iranian envoy Sirajuddin Musavi as telling reporters here Saturday.

The envoy maintained that the project would promote peace in the region.

"It would beneficial for the three countries. I think there are no more hurdles."

Musavi said Iranian President Mohammad Khatami and Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf shared the same views on the project. "They will talk about it in their meeting."

Khatami begins a three-day visit here Sunday.

The envoy described it as a historical visit during which agreements on trade, economic cooperation, science and technology and health.

"There will be lots of agreements and MoUs."

Musavi said Iran stood for a peaceful solution of the Kashmir issue. "No other solution other than peace should be used for the Kashmir issue."
Source: IANS
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