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Iran, Pakistan finalize gas exports deal: Qashqavi
Tehran, May 25, IRNA – The Foreign Ministry spokesman said Monday that a gas deal was finalized by Iranian and Pakistani presidents here on the sidelines of a tripartite summit which was held with the participation of their counterpart from Afghanistan.
Hassan Qashqavi made the remarks at his weekly press briefing while referring to
the trilateral summit held on Sunday by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan and President Asif Ali Zardari of Pakistan on major regional issues.
The gas deal was finalized by President Ahmadinejad and President Zardari on the sidelines of the tripartite summit which ended by issuing a 25-article joint statement dubbed as the "Tehran Statment."
Qashqavi told reporters although the gas deal was made between Iran and Pakistan, any third country, including India, could also join the agreement.
The leaders of Iran, Pakistan and Afghanistan have agreed to open their future meetings to other parties, which could include the United States. The tri-partite summit was held in Tehran.
TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Monday rejected a Western proposal for it to "freeze" its nuclear work in return for no new sanctions and ruled out any talks with major powers on the issue.
Breaking with past U.S. policy of shunning direct talks with Iran, Obama's administration last month said it would join nuclear discussions with Tehran from now on.
Kyrgyzstan's parliament voted on Thursday to close the last remaining U.S. air base in Central Asia, dealing a blow to U.S. efforts to use the region as a jumping-off point for its growing campaign in Afghanistan.
NEW DELHI: India's first-ever military outpost on foreign soil, located at Farkhor, about 10 km outside Tajikistan's capital Dushanbe, is ready to become operational by this year-end, without any fanfare.
NATO said Monday that Georgia will eventually become a member — reaffirming its support for the country with which it is hosting joint military exercises, to Russia's dismay.
Robert Simmons, NATO's special envoy to the Caucasus and Central Asia, refused to set a date for Georgia's entry into the military alliance, saying that would be futile.
Indian military receives first of three airborne warning and control systems (AWACS) purchased from Israeli Aerospace Industries for $1.1 billion.
While the U.S. media has frequently reported on Pakistani ties to jihadi elements launching attacks in Afghanistan, it has less often mentioned that India supports insurgent forces attacking Pakistan.
“The Indians are up to their necks in supporting the Taliban against the Pakistani government in Afghanistan and Pakistan,” a former intelligence official who served in both countries said. “The same anti-Pakistani forces in Afghanistan also shooting at American soldiers are getting support from India. India should close its diplomatic establishments in Afghanistan and get the Christ out of there.”