Nov 27 2006.

TBILISI, Georgia (AP) – A U.S. diplomat warned Georgia against signing a long-term contract for natural gas supplies with Iran, but the Georgian premier reaffirmed Monday that his nation remained determined to import the Iranian gas.

U.S. Ambassador to Georgia John Tefft said in an interview published Monday in Kviris Palitra newspaper that Washington saw it with “understanding” when the energy-hungry ex-Soviet nation imported the Iranian gas earlier this year, but that a “long-term strategic partnership between Iran and Georgia in that sphere is unacceptable for us.”

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