Iran says external powers should not be allowed to disrupt bi-lateral ties

December 17th, 2007 - 2:50 pm ICT by admin  

Tehran, Dec 17 (ANI): The Iranian Foreign Minister Manuchehr Mottaki has said that Iran and India should not allow external powers to disrupt relations between Tehran and New Delhi.

Mottaki has said that although all successive Iranian governments over the past 28 years have supported the development of ties with India, the low level of ties between the two great regional countries over the past two years is lamentable and serious efforts must be made to return relations to their former level.

We dont want to use our relations with India against any country, and at the same time, we should not allow certain extra-regional powers to damage relations between the two countries, Mottaki told visiting Indian Foreign Secretary Shivshankar Menon.

According to Mottaki, Tehran believes that Iran and India have common regional and international interests and called on India to resist foreign pressure in its relations with Iran.

Menon also agreed with Mottakis assessment about the level of ties between the two states being less than what it should be, adding that the two countries should make use of all their potential to boost bilateral relations.

But, the Indian official called the overall relations between the two countries as friendly and described Iran and India as two important and stable governments in the region, which can help increase regional stability by establishing strong ties.

The relationship with Iran is a foreign policy priority for India, Menon told Tehran Times.

According to Saeed Jalili, Iranian Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Secretary cooperation between Tehran and New Delhi would promote multilateralism in the world.

The strengthening of relations between Tehran and New Delhi, which are two important regional and international powers, can promote multilateralism, Jalili stated during his meeting with the Indian foreign secretary. In light of their longstanding historical ties and current potential, the two countries should plan for extensive long-term cooperation, he added.

New Delhi is prepared to develop its relations with Iran not only in Southwest Asia but in all other important and strategic areas, said Menon. New Delhi is interested in establishing a strategic partnership with Iran in the areas of energy, transport, and security, he added.

Menon also said that senior Indian officials would visit Iran in the near future to reinforce relations with Tehran. (ANI)

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