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India to Go Ahead With Gas Pipeline

India's Foreign Minister Pranab Mukherjee said Monday that India intends to construct a multi-billion-dollar gas pipeline

India's Foreign Minister Pranab Mukherjee said Monday that India intends to construct a multi-billion-dollar gas pipeline from Iran via Pakistan despite objections from the United States.

"Now negotiations are going on about the prices," said the minister, who made a two-day vist to Tehran last month.

The remarks come after a visit to India by US Energy Secretary Samuel Bodman, who has urged New Delhi to drop the plan.

Despite being US allies in its global "war on terror," India and Pakistan have said they want to go ahead with the 2,600-kilometre (1,600-mile) Iranian pipeline project as they need energy to fuel economic growth.