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To: DoctorZIn
Pakistan Will Let Iran-India Pipeline Use Its Territory

Dow Jones - World News
Sep 1, 2003

KARACHI - Pakistan is willing to let a proposed Iran-India natural-gas pipeline use its territory, a govenment statement said Monday.

A feasibility study for the project has been conducted by Australia-based resources conglomerate BHP Billiton Ltd .

Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf told Philip Aiken, president of BHP Billiton Petroleum, that Pakistan was committed to facilitating the project by providing territory, the statement said.

According to the statement, Aiken said BHP has completed the technical feasibility study for the project, and has submitted it to the Iranian government, which is in talks with New Delhi about the project.

India has in the past has refused to take part in any energy pipeline involving Pakistan because of security concerns.

Military tensions, which brought the two countries to the brink of war last summer, have eased in recent months, but formal peace talks have yet to begin.

The statement also quoted BHP's Aiken as saying the company has completed phase one of the Zamzama Gas Development program four months ahead of schedule. The first phase of the project, which is situated in the south of Pakistan, cost $150 million.

The project will produce 320 million cubic feet a day in the first phase, while the output will rise to 500mcf a day in phase two.

Aitkin expressed BHP's keen interest in making further investment in Pakistan's oil and gas sector, the statement said.
7 posted on 09/02/2003 12:19:32 AM PDT by DoctorZIn
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To: onyx
Iran Blocks Director From Festival

VENICE, Italy - Iranian officials have blocked a director from appearing at the Venice Film Festival to promote his movie about a Muslim boy who falls in love with a Jewish girl, the producer said Monday.

Abolfazl Jalili was to appear Monday with his film "Abjad," or "The First Letter." But producer Emmanuel Benbihy said the director has been unable to get permission for the trip.
8 posted on 09/02/2003 12:46:11 AM PDT by F14 Pilot
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