India and Iran will hold negotiations on a project to build a gas pipeline through Pakistan this week, the Press Trust of Indian (PTI) reported Wednesday.
Iran's deputy Foreign Minister Mahdi Safari, who is scheduled to arrive in New Delhi on Friday, will meet India's Foreign Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee and Petroleum Minister Murli Deora, the PTI said.
Safari's visit follows his Indian counterpart E Ahamed's tour of Iran.
Both sides would discuss the gas pipeline project, according to PTI.
The 6-billion-U.S.-dollar project is seen as crucial for India, which relies heavily on energy imports for its fast growing economy.
The United States opposes the pipeline, but New Delhi says it does not expect improving ties with Washington to affect traditionally close relations with Tehran.
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