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News number: 8809140601

16:22 | 2009-12-05

Economy

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Official: Trilateral Talks on Peace Pipeline Project to Resume in January

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Oil Minister's special representative in the Peace Pipeline Project Hojjatollah Qanimifard announced that trilateral talks among Iranian, Pakistani and Indian officials may resume in January.



The negotiations are due to be held as India declared its readiness to resume trilateral talks on the venture, Qanimifard added.

He also referred to gas talks held between Iran and Pakistan with the presence of Pakistani Deputy Minister of Oil and Natural Resources Ershad Ahmad Kalim in Tehran and said representatives of Gazprom, Russia state-controlled gas producer, have taken part in talks.

Dialogues mainly focused on Peace Pipeline operation agreement and main points of gas transit to India, he said.

Qanimifard then turned to recent talks between Iranian Oil Minister Massoud Mir Kazemi and Russian Energy Minister Sergei Shmatko in Tehran and said the two sides discussed building gas pipeline in Pakistan and Gazprom's willingness to join the project.

He said Gazprom has carried out studies for construction of the pipeline and it is expected to update its information within next 20 days, so that the January meeting will be held after receiving information from India and Pakistan.

The fresh round of Iran-Pakistan gas talks kicked off in Tehran on Tuesday was wrapped up on Thursday.

Finalizing operation agreement of gas export to Pakistan and making agreement on main points of gas transit through the pipeline from Pakistan to the third country were among issues discussed in the talks, he added.

Iran is to pipe its natural gas to Pakistan to meet the country's needs. The gas will be supplied from Iran's South pars field.