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Mani Shankar Aiyar
Minister, Petroleum & Natural Gas, India
In early June, Mani Shankar Aiyar, India's plucky Minister of Petroleum & Natural Gas, made a 10-day trip to Uzbekistan, Pakistan, and Iran. His goal: to secure long-term oil and gas contracts for energy-starved India. He did deals everywhere, but he really made international headlines when he arrived in Tehran and announced that India was ready to proceed with a $4 billion natural gas pipeline from Iran to India via Pakistan.
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