Talks on tri-nation gas pipeline to continue, says Indian minister
From The Independent, Bangladesh
April 8, 2005
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Indian Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Manishankar Aiyer on Friday told the visiting Bangladesh Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr. Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain that he expects to visit Dhaka soon for the Myanmar, Bangladesh, India gas pipeline talks.
He also expressed his hope that the talks among the three countries would continue in Dhaka for the pipeline for supply of gas from Myanmar to India through Bangladesh.
They had the discussions over lunch for Khandaker Mosharraf hosted by Aiyer.
Both the ministers exchanged views on matters of mutual interests and on issues relating to further expanding and strengthening the excellent bilateral relations between Bangladesh and India.
Khandaker Mosharraf said Bangladesh welcomes Indian investment in the country's energy sector and described the proposed investment by the TATA group in steel, fertiliser and power sectors using natural gas as a "positive development."
The health minister is now here at the head of a Bangladesh delegation to attend a high level meeting of partners on maternal, new born and child health.
Bangladesh Acting High Commissioner to India Masud Bin Momin, attended the luncheon meet besides others.
Later, Dr. Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain met former Indian Prime Minister I. K. Gujral and exchanged views on further strengthening the relations between the two countries to the mutual benefits of both the peoples.