No threat to Indias foreign policy: Antony

July 6th, 2008 - 9:47 pm ICT by ANI  

Thiruvananthapuram, July 6 (ANI): Defence Minister A. K. Antony stressed here today that there was no threat to Indias independent foreign policy, while defending the India-US civil nuclear deal.

Antony said, “I do not want to say it in very harsh terms, but the Left need not teach us about independent foreign policy.”

“There is no scare for the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government on the nuclear deal issue, said Antony and added India’s independent foreign policy was framed by (former Prime Minister Jawaharlal) Nehru and the Indian National Congress. And even when the US and the erstwhile Soviet Union were different blocs and countries aligned with them, India maintained its strong foreign policy.”

He further said the deal was a “must” for the country “because we need to get nuclear energy for several nuclear stations in the country. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has 45 countries and it includes China, Russia and several other countries and this is nothing which is India-specific”.

“The Left have the right to have their opinions and it is our wish that they too support this (deal),” the minister added.

Antony was in Thiruvananthapuram to meet veteran Congress leader K. Karunakaran, who celebrated his 90th birthday on Saturday. (ANI)

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