Statement by Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson on U.S. Readiness to Join Talks with Iran

June 1, 2006

In response to questions on US' readiness to join in the dialogue between EU-3 and Iran the Official Spokesperson said:

India has all along advocated that issues relating to Iran's nuclear programme ought to be resolved through dialogue and that confrontation should be avoided. Against this background, the readiness of the US to join in the dialogue between EU-3 and Iran, which India has all along supported, is to be welcomed.

We believe that with all sides displaying flexibility and adopting a constructive and forward looking approach, the on-going diplomatic efforts should reach successful conclusion.