A top Indian official says India, Pakistan and Iran will likely sign a deal for a seven-billion dollar gas pipeline as early as next month.
Petroleum Secretary M.S. Srinivasan said Monday that Pakistan and India will meet soon to agree on two outstanding issues -- transportation tariffs and transit fees.
The proposed pipeline will initially carry 60 million cubic meters of gas each day from Iran to Pakistan and India, to be split equally between the recipients.
Discussion of the pipeline deal has gone on for more than a decade. The United States, which is at odds with Iran over its nuclear development, strongly opposes the deal.