WASHINGTON, July 16 Countries participating in
the Nabucco gas pipeline consortium would not agree to Iranian
participation as a supplier now, even if some of them might
like to see it eventually, U.S. special energy envoy Richard
Morningstar said on Thursday.
"I don't think there would be agreement at this point among
the Nabucco consortium, for Iranian participation at this
time," the U.S. envoy for Eurasian energy told the Senate
Foreign Relations committee.
European Union countries and Turkey on Monday signed a
transit deal for the Nabucco gas pipeline, aimed at cutting
Europe's energy dependence on Russia. Transit countries Turkey,
Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary and Austria signed the accord for
the 7.9 billion euro ($11 billion) European Union and United
States-backed project, which aims to supply Europe with gas
from the Caspian and Middle East.
(Editing by David Gregorio)