US hopes India would convey nuke concerns to Iran
Washington: Ahead of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh`s Tehran visit later this month to attend the NAM summit, the US hoped that India would convey the international community`s concern to Iranian leadership about its nuclear program.
Dr Singh is slated to visit Iran later this month to attend the summit of Non-Aligned Movement.
He is the first Indian Prime Minister to visit Iran in a decade.
"With regard to the visit, we would hope, as we always do when our partners and allies are involved in any kind of intersection with Iran, that the larger points are made about the importance of Iran coming back into compliance with its international obligations, using the opportunity that the P-5+1 has offered for diplomacy to actually make real progress, and also express concerns about the other alarming trends that we`ve seen with regard to Iran, including its support for terror," the State Department spokesperson, Victoria Nuland, told reporters yesterday.
"We talk to India bilaterally about all of our concerns with regard to Iran. In general, whenever anybody has a chance to see Iranians, we hope they make these larger points with regard to peace and security that we all are signed up to," she said.
Responding to a question on Iran hosting the NAM meet, she said: "The last international meeting that Iran tried to hold on Syria sort of fizzled a bit, didn`t it? So we`ll see what happens with this."
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