tehran - New Delhi and Tehran are likely to discuss the Iran-Pakistan-India (IPI) gas pipeline at a joint commission meeting in the first quarter of the year, Indian External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid said. “Some issues about costs still have to be sorted out. We will have a joint commission early this year sometime and in that joint commission, this issue will be taken up,” he told reporters.  India has been boycotting formal talks on the project since 2007 over security concerns.

Iran and Pakistan have already signed pacts to implement the long-talked project on bilateral basis.

New Delhi wants Iran to be responsible for safe passage of gas through 1,035-km pipeline length in Pakistan and would pay for the fuel only when it is delivered at Pakistan-India border.