Tehran, Sept 5, IRNA-An Iranian daily on Monday commented on the historic Iran-Pakistan-India natural gas pipeline project predicting that it would face a rocky road ahead with many obstacle hindering its realization.
Noting that the project was an old story delayed by the US strong opposition to its implementation and the rivalry between Islamabad and New Delhi, the 'Iran News' said that however, a recent visit to Tehran by the Indian Foreign Minister Natwar Singh green lighted the $4.5 billion project.
The 2,775 KM pipeline which would start in Iran, pass through Pakistan, the disputed Kashmir region and eventually end up in India, is expected to be completed by 2009, said the daily.
Referring to the failure of the US pressures to derail the project, the editorial said "India and Pakistan are both nuclear and regional powers and not easily intimidated.
"In addition, Islamabad and New Delhi have concluded that the only thing the continuation of hostilities would achieve is to inflict further harm on the national, political, security and economic interests of both nations," Iran News added.
Stressing that both India and pakistan have noticed that the project would be a "win win for all parties involved," the paper said however, that economic analysts still predict a rocky road ahead with many obstacles hindering the project's realization."
As for the obstacles, Iran Daily referred to the "Possibility of renewed armed conflict between India and pakistan; UN economic sanctions on Iran and additional efforts by the US to sabotage the project."
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