Iran on Thursday said it United States and those invested in Liquid Petroleum Gas project wont allow Iran Pakistan India gas pipe line venture to take off . Iranian ambassador Gholamreza Ansari told media that “People who have invested in LNG in India, I don’t think they will let any pipes to come in. Americans are looking for the Indian market for the future and any sort of pipeline will put and end to these investments. So I don’t think pipeline can be a serious project. I am sure Americans will not let this project go ahead,” he said.
India has been boycotting formal talks on the project since 2007 over security concerns as the pipelines would have to pass through Pakistan.
The Iranian Ambassador said Indo-Iran ties were was becoming increasingly important in the regional as well as international stage.
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj had paid a two-day visit to Iran last week during which both sides had decided to step up engagement in oil some other sectors.
He did not give any timeline to prime minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Iran. “the earlier the visit happens the better it will be for two countries” he added.
He said Iran was examining “very accurately” the issue of arrest of an ex-Indian Navy officer by Pakistan on charges of planning “subversive activities” in Balochistan after allegedly entering the country through Iran.
When asked about Kulbhushan Jadhav’s arrest, he said, “First of all we are trying to complete our own information about the case. And I don’t think I am in a position now to say any word about that.” the envoy added.
Mr Jadhav was arrested last month by Pakistan, which described him as an officer of the Indian Navy, a claim refuted by the India . India said he had no link with the government since premature retirement from the Navy.
Official sources had said that Mr Jadhav owned a small ship and used to carry cargo from Bandar Abbas and Chabahar ports in Iran and other adjoining areas to various destinations.
On the reports of some terror groups using Pakistani soil targeting Iran, he said it was a challenge and the two countries were trying to cooperate to deal with the scourge.
“This is something that happens…We are trying to cooperate and talk to the Pakistanis on how we can stop this sort of difficulties on our border…We are trying to encourage Pakistanis to reciprocate these efforts to stop this sort of activities,” he said.