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Indian FM: Foreign pressure has no effect on Iran-India gas pipeline project

TEHRAN, Dec. 2 (Mehr News Agency) -- Indian Foreign Minister Rao Inderjit Singh said on Thursday that all decisions about the Iran-Pakistan-India gas pipeline are adopted with regards to the national interests in India, regardless of all foreign pressures.

Singh, who was speaking in the Indian Parliament underlined India's determination to continue Iran-India gas pipeline project regardless of all pressures from the United States. He pointed to the interest of the Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in the aforesaid project and said that the decision to build the pipeline had been made between Iran and India and no third country is involved in that.

He further noted that the issue of Iran-India gas pipeline was not discussed in the negotiations between the Indian premier and the U.S. President George W. Bush, although the former U.S. Secretary of State, Colin Powell had expressed U.S. concerns for the very gas project.

According to a news report, one of the U.S. officials had announced on Friday that the Indian authorities have assured the White House that no plan was in the Indian government's agenda to purchase natural gas from Iran.

... Payvand News - 12/3/05 ... --

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