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Updated: May 19, 2010 00:35 IST

India, Iran should replace ‘dying’ big powers: Ahmadinejad

Sandeep Dikshit
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FIRM STAND: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Photo: AP
FIRM STAND: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Photo: AP

The Af-Pak situation figured during a meeting between Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna here on Tuesday and the former stressed the need for India and Iran to work together on regional issues.

Mr. Krishna is here to attend the G-15 summit and he called on Mr. Ahmadinejad as part of courtesy calls by leaders of delegations of all the other members.

“The Af-Pak situation was briefly mentioned. The two leaders talked about situation in the region,” said External Affairs Ministry spokesman Vishnu Prakash. Mr. Ahmadinejad, he said, “underlined the desirability and need for India and Iran to be in touch and to work together.”

The President expressed satisfaction over the decision to hold a meeting of the India-Iran Joint Commission. The Commission met here about 18 months ago.

Mr. Prakash did not provide further details about this meeting as well as Mr. Krishna's interaction on Monday with his Iranian counterpart Manouchehr Mottaki. But Iranian news agency IRNA quoted Mr. Mottaki as telling Mr. Krishna that after the end of the Cold War, 15 years were spent in relative stagnation. In the new situation, India could act as an influential country and play a “very decisive role” in the region. Iran, he said, was happy to see India's economic development and progress, which was good for the region.

Mr. Krishna was assisted by Indian Ambassador to Iran Sanjay Singh and Joint Secretary (Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran) Yash Sinha, while the Iranian team comprised Deputy Foreign Minister Mohammad Ali Fathollahi and the Director-General of Asian Affairs.

Navi Reyd- Why did Jews occupy Israel and are executing Arabs in Palatine? They say its "right given by God" to them to occupy Jerusalem. Is it not funny and totally crazy? Are they not killing people in the name of religion? Is it not a fact that Israel occupied the land with force?

from:  Dr. Zaheer
Posted on: May 21, 2010 at 10:03 IST

It is better for all the countries in the region to work together. Stopping US and Israel influence benefits humanity.

from:  Darius
Posted on: May 20, 2010 at 01:57 IST

There is NO need at all to team up with Iran against the world.

Posted on: May 19, 2010 at 22:35 IST

Well we have a past history with Iran/Persia which is not the case with the US, we should not play into the American monopoly game...our independance of views concerning this region which is also part of our neighbourhood must be carefully thought out

from:  Raja Ganapathy
Posted on: May 19, 2010 at 12:24 IST

First, Iran should stop supplying terrorists in Gaza, Lebanon, Kashmir, etc. with arms.

from:  Navi Reyd
Posted on: May 19, 2010 at 01:14 IST
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