India will proceed with plans to help build a pipeline from Iran even though that nation is facing international sanctions because of its nuclear activities. India reaffirmed it's commitment to the project on Saturday during Indian Foreign Minister Natwar Singh's visit to Tehran. He is expected to leave the country on Sunday. Following talks with his Iranian counterpart (Manouchehr Mottaki), Mr. Singh said he hopes oil ministers from Iran, India and Pakistan can hold a joint meeting to finalize the pipeline deal before the end of the year.
Mr. Singh also announced plans for a joint commission meeting in March 2006 to review bilateral relations between India and Iran. The United States and the European Union suspect Iran is using its nuclear program to develop atomic weapons, which Iran has denied.