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India to discuss gas pipeline with Iran
April 29, 2013, 9:06 am

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Gholamreza Ansari says the extension project will top the agenda of the talks between the countries at an economic commission meeting [Getty Images]

Iranian and Indian officials will gather in Tehran to discuss the extension of the Iran-Pakistan natural gas pipeline to India next week.

The extension project will top the agenda of the talks between two countries at an economic commission meeting, Tehran’s envoy in New Delhi Gholamreza Ansari was quoted by Fars news agency.

Ansari said Iranian foreign minister Ali-Akbar Salehi would head the Iranian side while his Indian counterpart Salman Khurshid would lead the Indian delegation.

“About six memoranda of understanding in various economic sectors are being drawn up and we hope they will be signed by both sides during the joint commission,” said the Iranian diplomat.

Ansari added that the two foreign ministers would also hold bilateral meetings on the sidelines of the commission.

He said the issue of the Peace pipeline project, also called the Iran-Pakistan-India (IPI) gas pipeline, would be discussed at the commission.

The 2,000-kilometre pipeline will enable the export of 21.5 million cubic metres of Iranian natural gas per day to Pakistan.

Iran also faces separate EU and UN sanctions over its controversial nuclear programme, which the West believes is geared for building nuclear weapons.

Tehran denies the charge, insisting the programme is purely for peaceful purposes.

With inputs from Xinhua