India's Foreign Minister Natwar Singh says neither he nor his political party (Congress) benefited from deals linked to the United Nations' oil-for-food program for Iraq.
In a television appearance in New Delhi on Saturday, Mr. Singh rejected opposition demands that he quit his post. He said he enjoys the full confidence of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress party chief Sonia Gandhi.
Mr. Singh and the Congress Party both were named last week in a U.N. report that said Saddam Hussein's regime siphoned off 1.8 billion dollars from the oil-for-food program, which was intended to benefit impoverished Iraqis. Many individuals and political groups that allowed Saddam's scheme to go unchallenged received oil-purchase rights in return.