Thursday, May 01, 2008

India needs oil from Iran.

Iran-Pakistan-India pipeline

The USA worries about the growing influence of China.

India is supposed to be the USA's best friend in Asia.

To please the USA, India had delayed the proposed Iran-Pakistan-India gas pipeline.

But India seems to be making friends with Iran.

In Asia Times, 2 May 2008, Siddharth Srivastava writes about India, Iran and the USA. (India raises a toast to Iran)

Iran's President Mahmud Ahmadinejad has been visiting India (April 2008).

Srivastava makes the following points:

1. "Ahmadinejad's visit is perhaps the first time that the Congress-party led New Delhi government headed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has stood up to the United States on
Iran".

2. "The India-US civilian nuclear deal is almost dead due to domestic Indian political opposition."

3. Indian Foreign Secretary Shivshankar Menon now says the Iran-Pakistan-India pipeline is "doable".

Both China and India are keen to get oil and gas from Iran.

A Pakistan Foreign Office spokesman has said, "If there are prospects of China joining the pipeline project with or without India, we will welcome it. Pakistan is committed to the pipeline because of its desire to achieve energy security."

4. Indian voters, both Moslem and Hindu, do not want India to be the stooge of the USA, the country that is occupying Iraq. The Congress Party wants to keep the support of 'left-wing' parties.

5. India has now joined the Asian Development Bank-sponsored and US-backed Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan (TAP) pipeline project that has now been officially renamed as the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline.

6. "The Ahmadinejad visit will boost state-owned explorer Oil and Natural Gas Corporation's (ONGC's) chances of winning an equity stake in the gas-rich South Pars block in Iran, along with private player Hindujas."

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