Obama's remarks on Iran have no bearing on India's policies
New Delhi: US President Barack Obama's
remarks on Iran and Myanmar in his address to Parliament
reflected the views of his country and they do not have a
bearing on India's policies, government said on Wednesday.
"There were references to Iran and Myanmar in the
address of US President Barack Obama to a meeting of MPs on
November 8. These remarks reflect the views of the US and do
not have a bearing on the policies of the Government of India
with regard to Iran or Myanmar," Minister of State for
External Affairs Preneet Kaur informed the Lok Sabha.
Her response came in a written reply to a question
whether the government proposes to change its foreign policy
in regard to these countries after Obama's remarks.
The Minister said India's bilateral relations with
Iran and Myanmar "stand on their own" and are "not influenced"
by the country's relations with third countries.
"Iran is a major source of India's imports of energy
resources. India and Myanmar have a broad based,
multi-dimensional relationship, including in the area of oil
and natural gas," Kaur said.
In his address, Obama said that India should speak up
on issues like human rights violations in Myanmar and
implement sanctions against Iran over its nuclear programme.