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India to Hold Gas Pipeline Talks with Neighbors

  • VOA News

India's cabinet has given the green light for the oil ministry to hold talks with Pakistan, Burma, Bangladesh, Turkmenistan and Afghanistan on securing oil and gas supplies. Petroleum Minister Mani Shankar Aiyar told reporters that three possible pipelines to India are being investigated -- from Iran through Pakistan, from Turkmenistan through Afghanistan and Pakistan, and from Burma through Bangladesh. India is expected to surpass South Korea next year as the second-largest oil consumer in the Asian region. Negotiations on the 1,600 kilometer Iran-Pakistan-India pipeline began in 1994 but the proposal has made little headway due to tensions between India and Pakistan. Last month, India, Bangladesh and Burma agreed in principle to build a pipeline that would supply gas to India.
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