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Talks to start on Iran-India gasline project soon: Indian minister

Islamabad, Jan 4, IRNA -- India's Petroleum Minister Mani Shankar has said that his country desires the proposed gas pipeline to be laid from Iran to India via Pakistan.

The daily Khabrain newspaper published an interview with the minister in its Tuesday edition in which he said that the proposed pipeline would pass from Pakistan's Sindh and Balochistan provinces.

He said that Pakistan would benefit from the project in terms of transit and gas import fees under the project.

The Inidian official, however, added that New Delhi wanted certain reservations it had to be duly addressed by Pakistan.

The minister was of the opinion that the project, when matrialized, would benefit both Pakistan and India keeping in view their increasing energy requirements.

To a question, the minister said that during a recent visit by Pakistan's Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz to India, the project was discussed by the two sides.

Shankar said that he would soon meet his Pakistani counterpart, Amanullah Khan Jadoon, to discuss the pipeline project.

The meeting, he said, would focus on the technical aspects of the project.

The pipeline will be 2775 kilometers in length and 100 kilometers in width, part of it passing from Iran's southern region.

The project will cost about US dlr 4 billion, reports said.

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