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What we have done is not against Iran: PM

October 01, 2005 20:44 IST
Last Updated: October 02, 2005 00:19 IST

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Saturday said India's decision to support the IAEA resolution on Iran's controversial nuclear programme is not against Tehran's interests.

"What we have done is not against Iran. Give diplomacy time to find a via media that is mutually acceptable," he said at the Rashtrapati Bhavan after President A P J Abdul Kalam gave away the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Award for excellence in Public Administration, Academics and Management for 2004 to former civil servant C Srivastava.

Citing the Bagwat Gita, Dr Singh also played down the strong criticism by Communist Party of India-Marxist holding him 'directly responsible' for India's vote.

"Nothing surprises me," he said when asked whether the article by CPI-M General Secretary Prakash Karat in People's Democracy had caught him unawares.

"Gita says one must do one's duty unmindful of the consequences," the prime minister said.

Accusing the United Progressive Alliance government of 'appeasing' the US, Karat in a strongly-worded article in his party organ asserted that the Left cannot countenance this 'new direction' of the foreign policy

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Sub: No permenant Friends and Foes in Politics

Lets remember that there are 'No permenant Friends and Foes in Politics' and this is more true in International Politics. In The Case Of India-Iran-USA ...

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I admire Manmohanji a lot. After Atalji we have got our next PM equally intelligent, humble & honest, which is our good luck. The only ...

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UPA government has done a big mistake by voting against Iran at IAEA. US is friend of none but only the personal interests. India has ...

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I dont understand what our PM is telling. The voting itself have only two options. either against or to support. To support one is will ...

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the stand of india on irans nuclear policy gives a clear indication even for a layman that india is the future puppet of america.By pleasing ...

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