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Iran unreliable partner for India: Burns

Under Secretary Burns said though India has energy needs, it should look at other Central Asian countries.

india Updated: Mar 11, 2006 16:38 IST

Though US has recognised India's "enormous energy needs", it has warned that Iran is not a suitable partner and that India should consider other places in Central Asia.

"India has enormous energy needs and has the right to look out to the world to see how it can secure its energy future," Under Secretary of State Nicholas Burns said during a presentation to the 'Coalition for Partnership with India'.

"The only point we have been making is that we don't believe that Iran is a reliable partner in the long term. So our advice to our friends in India has been that you really can't count on the Iranians to be reliable," he said when asked about the India-Pakistan-Iran gas pipeline and whether it will have any impact on the Indo-US ties.

To meet its energy needs, Burns said, "there are many other places India could look - Kazakasthan, Turkmenistan, (and also methods like) clean coal technology and certainly the growing nuclear power sector."

First Published: Mar 11, 2006 10:34 IST