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US statement audacious, arrogant: Left
April 23, 2008 15:56 IST
A Communist Party of India-Marxist member in the Lok Sabha,on Wednesday asked the government to condemn a United States State Department statement that India should tell Iran to 'meet the requirements of the UN Security Council' on its nuclear programme during Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's upcoming visit
The statement by a US State Department deputy spokesman was 'audacious and arrogant' amounting to an infringement on India's sovereign position, CPI-M MP Rupchand Pal said during Zero Hour.
"The US was pressurising India on how it should conduct its bilateral relations with Iran," he said, adding the government should make 'a statement in Parliament denouncing the statement.
He also noted that the external affairs ministry spokesman has 'rightly rebuffed' the American suggestion and rejected the statement saying there was no need for such 'guidance'.