( - Officials from Pakistan and Iran will meet in Islamabad on October 15 to take forward the Iran-Pakistan-India (IPI) gas pipeline project even as New Delhi has stressed that it is still a part of the venture.
An Indian Petroleum and Natural Resources department official said that Iranian officials were to reach Islamabad for talks to finalize the project. But the attendance of Indian representatives was still unconfirmed, the Daily Times said Saturday.
Pakistani and Iranian experts discussed tariffs and other issues of the project last month in Tehran. They also agreed to hold further talks before signing an agreement.
Iran has said that it would finalize the $7.4 bln-gas pipeline deal with Pakistan alone if India does not participate, the Associated Press of Pakistan (APP) news agency reported.
The pipeline project is to take Iranian gas through Pakistan to the border, from where it can be supplied to India.