Statement by Indian Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson on Military Force Against Iran

July 14, 2008

In response to questions about reports that suggest the imminent use of military force against Iran, the Official Spokesperson stated as follows:

"India is gravely concerned at these statements threatening the use of military force against Iran. India is against any such military attack, which constitutes unacceptable international behavior. There is no military solution to the issues that are being discussed between Iran and the international community. India continues to support negotiations and diplomacy, rather than the threat or use of force.

A military strike on Iran would have disastrous consequences for the entire region, affecting the lives and livelihood of five million Indians resident in the Gulf, and the world economy.

India calls upon all concerned Governments to exercise restraint and choose the peaceful path of persuasion and negotiations."