Abu Dhabi: Making a strong case against "outside interference" in the Middle East, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said regional or bilateral problems are best solved by the countries involved.
"Saddened and worried" to see violence and instability in the Middle East, Modi in an interview to Khaleej Times said, "I have always believed that regional or bilateral problems are best solved by the countries involved."
" We have often seen the consequences of outside interference," he said.
Noting that India is uniquely blessed to have good relations with all countries in the region, Modi said his country has always abided by the principle of non-interference in other nations and has consistently supported dialogue as a means to resolve all issues.
"I strongly believe that the problems in this region can only be addressed by the collective efforts and constructive engagement of all countries. Regional peace and stability is in the interest of all. I always advocate this approach to every country in this region and others who have stakes here," Modi, who is here on a two-day visit, said.
"When we have such serious problems of terrorism and extremism as we see in the region, it is incumbent upon all nations in the region to work together to address this common threat to regional stability, peace and prosperity," he said.
Talking about the nuclear deal between Iran and the world powers and its implications for India's economic and geo-political interests, Modi said, "We have always advocated a peaceful resolution of the Iranian nuclear issue through dialogue in a way that advances peace and stability in the region."
"We hope that the nuclear agreement will not be a cause of instability in the region, but will start a process of consultation and cooperation in the region that will enhance mutual trust and confidence, and lead to durable peace and stability in the region," he said.
Reiterating that India has close civilisational relations with Iran which span centuries, Modi said India has strong economic and energy interests in Iran.
"Iran is also important for India's connectivity with Afghanistan and Central Asia," he said.
The world powers -- the United States, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany -- and Iran on July 14 struck an agreement under which Tehran will curb some but not all aspects of its nuclear programme in exchange for a lifting of international sanctions that have pulverised its economy in recent years.