India warns against disastrous conflict over Iran
Washington: Warning that any attack on Iran
would be disastrous for the region, India has said that a
series of recent media reports in the US have distorted its
foreign policy objectives and energy security needs.
"Unfortunately, though, a series of recent media reports
have presented a picture which not only distorts India's
foreign policy objectives and energy security needs, but also
creates misunderstanding about its actions," Indian Embassy
spokesman Virander Paul said in a press statement here.
It is one of the rare instances, when the Indian Embassy
in Washington has issued an official statement in response to
any news reports in the American media, which have questioned
New Delhi's decision to continue importing oil from Iran.
These reports, Paul said, overlook the imperative of
India's dependence on oil imports from Iran to serve the
energy needs of its people, more than 400 million of whom do
not as yet have access to commercial energy.
"Allusions in the media that India's overall oil imports
from Iran are increasing just because its monthly uptake of
Iranian oil reportedly increased in January this year are
based on selective use of information, misrepresenting the
fact that in aggregate terms, crude imports from Iran
constitute a declining share of India's oil imports," the
statement said yesterday.
"Nonetheless, given the imperative of meeting the energy
needs of millions of Indians, an automatic replacement of all
Iranian oil imports, is not a simple matter of selection, or a
realistic option," it added.
India imports 12 per cent of its oil from Iran.
Asserting that as a responsible member of the
international community, India takes its obligations most
seriously, the statement said, adding it firmly believes that
the situation concerning Iran should not be allowed to
escalate into a conflict, the disastrous consequences of which
will be in nobody's interest.