Iran promises 'good news' on gas project
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Iran promises 'good news' on gas project

Visiting Vice Prez Rahim Mashaee says Iran expects India to understand and back its position on the nuclear issue.

india Updated: Mar 28, 2006 03:39 IST

Notwithstanding India's anti-vote atthe IAEA in February, the Indo-Iran bilateral relations are on track with Tehran promising "good news" on natural gas project.

Visiting Iranian Vice President Rahim Mashaee said that Iran expected India and all other countries to "understand and support" Tehran's position and "not be influenced by false propaganda of the West".

Mashaee insisted that his country's nuclear programme was "very much peaceful" and that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had assured Indian support on "certain principles" like peaceful use of nuclear technology by Tehran.

"The Prime Minister has said India is for peaceful solution of the (Iranian nuclear) issue," Mashaee said.

India, along with 26 other countries, had voted against Iran at the February 4 IAEA meeting which deliberated upon Tehran's nuclear issue and sought referral to the UN Security Council.

Underlining that cooperation with India was "a priority" for his country, Mashaee said that relations between the two countries at present were "very good" and that they could be enhanced further.

On the proposal of supply of gas to India, he expressed confidence over its early fructification, saying "good news" could be heard soon. He said his country's Oil Minister would soon visit India to finalise details.

First Published: Mar 27, 2006 16:38 IST