Vol 3, PW 10 (09 Jun 99) News in Brief

India and the central Asian republic of Turkmenistan have agreed to set up a Joint Working Group (JWG) to study the possibility of gas transportation from Turkmenistan to India.

Jaswant Singh, Indias foreign minister, signed the protocol with Turkmen president, Saparmurat Niyazov, during a visit to Ashgabat in the third week of May. The protocol calls for regular talks between experts from both countries at regular intervals of six months to discuss ways of getting Turkmen gas to India, without passing through Afghanistan.

One option considered is a pipeline to Iran, from where supplies could reach India either via a pipeline passing through Pakistan, or a sub-sea pipeline outside Pakistani territorial waters.