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Russia offers to join Iran gasline - report

Islamabad, May 5, IRNA-Russia has offered assistance in building the multi-billion dollar gas pipeline from Iran to India through Pakistan.

Russian Ambassador to Pakistan Sergey Peskov said in an interview with 'The News' that Russians are prepared to join the consortium for the construction of the proposed gas pipeline project.

China had already hinted at joining the project, which was envisioned in 1990s, but no tangible progress could be made towards its realisation, mainly because of Pakistan-India tension on Kashmir.

Both countries decided to resolve their dispute through peaceful means, giving bright hope for building the gas pipeline.

Pakistan and India experts would meet to discuss the project, as the latter has expressed its readiness, following the thaw in the tense relations.

For meeting growing industrial and domestic requirements, both countries are energy-starved and desperately need energy import and experts have described the Iran gas pipeline project as the most feasible and economical.

However, Pakistan is also considering two other options i.e. Qatar gas pipeline and Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan gasline.

Islamabad is to take a final decision on one of the three projects by the end of current year.

... Payvand News - 5/5/05 ... --

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