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Pakistan, India Begin Talks on Proposed Gas Pipeline

Pakistan and India have begun two days of talks in Islamabad on a proposed multi-billion dollar pipeline that would carry gas from Iran into India through Pakistan.

It is the first meeting between India's Oil Minister Mani Shankar Aiyar and his Pakistani counterpart, Amanullah Khan Jadoon, on the 2,700 kilometer project.

Pakistan's foreign ministry spokesman said recently the bilateral talks will be followed later this year by three-way discussions involving Iranian officials.

Washington opposes the project over concerns about Iran's nuclear program. But Mr. Aiyar dismissed U.S. opposition, saying India will not be pressured by any country.

Some information for this report provided by AP and AFP.