Iran-Pakistan-India pipeline a natural thing to do: Kissinger

November 22, 2008

NEW DELHI (IRNA) -- The former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger has indicated his support for the proposed Iran-Pakistan- India (IPI) gas pipeline which the Bush administration had objected to.

Speaking on “American Foreign Policy After Elections,” organized by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and Aspen Institute India in Mumbai, Thursday, Kissinger, answering a query on the multi-billion project, initially said he had no knowledge about every problem in the world, The Hindu reported here Friday.
Later, however, he said, “The pipeline will be a natural thing to do”.
He said he had always advocated negotiation with Iran.
“I expect the new administration
[to be headed by Obama] to begin discussions with Iran.” To a query on the energy problem, Kissinger said the urgency of the problem had lessened due to recession.
But he felt there would be competition for available energy and countries like China, India and the US should form an organization that should address the issue of allocation.