US to send energy expert to help India cut Iran oil imports
PRESS TRUST OF INDIA
Washington, May 9: The US will send its top energy expert to India next week to help the country reduce dependence on Iranian oil, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said as she lauded the steps taken by New Delhi on the issue.
Carlos Pascual, the State Department's Special Envoy and Coordinator for International Energy Affairs, will be in India next week with a team of experts for talks with Indian officials on the Iranian issue.
"We are working with them to help them in any way that we can offer technical assistance, and next week my energy coordinator, Ambassador Carlos Pascual, will be in India with a team of experts," Clinton was quoted as saying by CNN.
Clinton's comments came after her visit to India during which she asked New Delhi to restrict its trade and energy ties with Tehran to meet international demands on its disputed nuclear programme.
After talks Clinton, External Affairs Minister S M Krishna had said, "I conveyed our vital stakes in peace and stability in the Persian Gulf and wider West Asian region, given the six million Indians who live there and the regionís importance to our economy."
Clinton appreciated the steps being taken by India to reduce its dependence on Iranian oil while acknowledging that it is "hard" for New Delhi to do so.
"Well, India has reduced its dependence on Iranian oil. I know their refineries have stopped asking for orders to purchase Iranian oil.
So they certainly have taken steps," Clinton said.
The US Secretary of State, at the same time, acknowledged that doing this is going to be a bit tough for New Delhi.
"Because we know that this is hard for India, just like it's been hard for some of the European countries that were very dependent upon Iranian oil, for Japan. And we have worked with them and offered suggestions about alternative sources of supply at an affordable cost," Clinton said.
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