Iran looks to Delhi for nuke supportIran looks to Delhi for nuke support
Natwar tells counterpart to work with IAEA; Kharrazi welcomes Cabinet move on pipeline talks
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Posted online: Tuesday, February 22, 2005 at 0203 hours IST
NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 21: In the face of increasing international pressure on its nuclear programme, Tehran today conveyed to New Delhi that it needs to seek access to nuclear technology for peaceful purposes. Visiting Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi underlined that this was Iran’s necessity, which he hoped would be recognised by the international community.
Kharrazi, who had a 20-minute meeting with his Indian counterpart Natwar Singh, highlighted the importance of the civilian use of nuclear technology while briefing India on Tehran’s ongoing talks with the European Union and International Atomic Energy Agency. The two leaders also had an hour-long meeting in the presence of select officials before the delegation level meeting.
On the proposed Iran-Pakistan-India gas pipeline, Kharrazi welcomed the latest Cabinet decision to designate the Petroleum Minister to carry forward the negotiations. A technical team from the Ministry will visit Iran this month-end to discuss the project. Kharrazi said India’s recent approval for the pipeline had created ‘‘an encouraging atmosphere’’ to take forward this ‘‘highly important project’’, which would have positive impact on ‘‘regional convergence’’.
Further, Kharrazi urged Indian investors to explore opportunities in Iran. In fact, he offered three-year multiple entry visas to Indian investors while highlighting IT, engineering, biotechnology and tourism as potential areas for investment.
The Iranian Foreign Minister also said the initiative taken by Iran, Russia and India to create a north-south transport corridor and an east corridor till Uzbekistan would considerably reduce costs and time of movement of merchandise between the two countries.