The United States says it no longer expected India to contribute troops to the international force in Iraq.
The US Secretary of State, Colin Powell, told the American television channel CNN the Indian Government had indicated that it would not be in a position to provide troops.
The Indian Foreign Minister, Yashwant Sinha, said India would decide on a possible troop deployment if the United Nations passed a new resolution on Iraq.
Mr Sinha said the decision would be taken in the context of India's own national security concerns.
From the newsroom of the BBC World Service