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Put pressure on Pakistan, PM tells Ahmadinejad

Rediff News Bureau | December 27, 2008 22:25 IST

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh [Images] and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad discussed the regional developments over phone on Saturday.

During the conversation, the Iranian president said the recent acts of terrorism in Mumbai targeted peace, stability and security of the region.

Dr Singh is said to have asked Ahmadinejad to put pressure on Pakistan to bring perpetrators of the recent terrorist attacks in India.     

A number of trans-regional countries do not like countries such as Iran, Pakistan and India to have sincere ties, he said.

Terming relations between the two sides brotherly, deeply-rooted and constant, he said that the Islamic Republic of Iran would broaden all-out ties with India more than ever.

Deploring once again the terrorist attacks, he said Iran regards itself as among the victims of terrorism and therefore understands the actual conditions of the Indian people and government.

Terrorism [Images] has targeted peace, stability as well as the security of the region, he said adding that Iran believes that trans-regional powers seek adventurism to prevent expansion of ties and development between Iran and India as well as other countries in the region.

Some powers are not inclined to witness a powerful and developed India and they are also against peace and tranquility between countries in the region such as Iran and Pakistan, he noted.

Ahmadinejad called for identifying the root cause of terrorism in Mumbai [Images] and bring the culprits to justice, adding that the Islamic Republic of Iran is ready to eradicate the roots of hatred and terrorism in the region and help restore peace and brotherly ties among regional countries.

He lauded the vigilance as well as self-restraint of Indian officials in dealing with terrorism and said some trans-regional countries are against friendly ties between Iran, India and Pakistan.

During the conversation which was initiated by the Iranian president, the Indian premier, for his part, appreciated the sympathy of the Iranian government and people over the terrorist attacks.

Condemning terrorism, he called for bringing the culprits to justice, noting that Iran is among the victims of terrorism and the issue is a global problem. It is expected to be resolved through collective cooperation of all countries in the region, he said.

 With PTI inputs




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