India asked to rethink Syrian oilfield investment

Washington has asked India to reconsider its decision to invest in a Syrian oil field, saying it could encourage Syria to obstruct UN investigations into last year's killing of a former Lebanese prime minister, a news report said Saturday. The US objections came weeks after India's state-owned Oil and Natural Gas Corp. teamed with China National Petroleum Corp. to buy a 37 percent stake in Syria's al-Furat oil and gas fields, The Hindu newspaper reported. "The United States strongly opposes such investments in Syrian resources," the report said, quoting a copy of letter that it said US diplomats had handed India's foreign ministry. "We ask that you reconsider this decision."