New Delhi: India is skipping a crucial official-level meeting on the $7.4 billion (Rs29,452 crore) Iran-Pakistan-India (IPI) gas pipeline beginning in Tehran this week, saying it will not attend tri-nation meetings unless the transit fee issue is resolved with Islamabad.
Iran had called a meeting of technical experts and lawyers from the three nations from 24-26 September to discuss the gas supply contract that India and Pakistan, as consumers, would have to sign with fuel supplier Iran. Officials of the three countries were to then discuss the issue on 27 September.
“There are crucial bilateral issues that need to be resolved first before we begin discussions on contractual issues on a trilateral platform,” a top petroleum ministry official said. PTI