Iran, Pakistan, India to Resume Pipeline Talks on Saturday

A02378702.jpgTEHRAN (Fars News Agency)- Indian deputy oil minister said that Tehran, New Delhi and Islamabad have decided to continue their negotiations about a multi-billion dollar project for the export of Iran’s natural gas to India via Pakistan.

He said that the talks are scheduled for next Saturday, January 20, adding that he is due to attend the negotiations on behalf of India.

Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of an international oil and gas conference in New Delhi, Vasan mentioned that a discussion of the proposed gas prices sets the main topic of the Saturday talks, while he also reminded that Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) imports from Iran will not be on the agenda of the trilateral meeting in Tehran.

Meantime, he said that India has received some proposals for the import of natural gas from Turkmenistan and Myanmar.

Elsewhere, the Indian oil minister said that New Delhi is prepared to pay a higher price for the LNG imports from Iran provided that Iran guarantees export of five million tons of the product to India.

Iran and India signed a contract for the export of five million tons of Liquefied Natural Gas to the latter within a period of 25 years starting as of 2009.

“Iran should first comply with its undertaking for the export of five million tons of LNG to India to convince New Delhi to attend negotiations on the new price proposed by Tehran,” Deora also reiterated

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