Indian Oil Minister Mani Shankar Aiyar has met with Bangladeshi leaders in Dhaka to discuss a proposed trilateral natural gas pipeline, which would run from Burma through Bangladesh into India.
After the talks, he told reporters he had a constructive dialogue and the discussions will continue on resolving all outstanding issues over the three-billion dollar project.
Bangladesh wants three trade-related concessions from New Delhi in return for allowing the pipeline cross its territory. But India does not agree to link any of the issues to the tri-nation pipeline, insisting they should be resolved bilaterally between New Delhi and Dhaka.
During his day-long visit, Mr. Aiyar met with Bangladesh's Energy and Mineral Resources Advisor, Mahmudur Rahman, Prime Minister Khaleda Zia, Foreign Minister M. Morshed Khan, and opposition leader Sheikh Hasina.
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