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India Ready to Consider Pipeline from Iran Through Pakistan


Indian Foreign Minister Natwar Singh says his country is ready to consider a gas pipeline running from Iran through Pakistan to India, provided India is assured of security and uninterrupted supply.

Mr. Singh made the announcement as he arrived in Islamabad Tuesday night for two days of talks on how to move forward the peace process between the two nuclear-armed rivals.

Reports from the region say Pakistan favors the proposed pipeline from Iran, because it stands to earn millions of dollars in transit fees, and also get gas for its own market.

Mr. Singh arrived in Islamabad from Afghanistan, where he had talks with President Hamid Karzai. According to Mr. Karzai's office, the two leaders discussed, among other things, the possibility of a pipeline going from Turkmenistan to India through Afghanistan.

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