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'History shows Iran is India's trusted hydrocarbon ally'

Iran's location and its hydrocarbon resources complement India's energy appetite and quest for new markets, Vice-President Hamid Ansari on Friday said. Inaugurating a seminar on Maulana Abul Kalam Azad by Iran Society, Ansari said the building of an under-sea gas pipeline from southern Iran to the west coast of India is essential for mutual benefit.

'Three specific considerations were reflective of it - Iran's location on the Persian Gulf littoral, Iran being a major source of hydrocarbons and Iran's location on the western borders of Pakistan and Afghanistan. The concordance or discordance of policy approaches and postures thus became critical elements in strategic thinking,' he said.
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