India, Iran, and Pakistan have concluded a round of talks on the purchase of Iranian natural gas, but disagreement remains over the price of the gas.
In talks Friday in New Delhi, the three countries agreed to appoint an independent consultant to suggest a price for the gas. They plan to meet again after the consultant submits the report in about a month. Iran had planned to supply the gas by pipeline to India and Pakistan, but India and Pakistan have offered a much lower price than Iran wants for the gas. The 27-hundred kilometer pipeline will cost more than seven billion dollars to build.
The project had been stalled for about a decade because of India-Pakistan tensions. However, relations have thawed in recent years.