Statement by Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson on the Use of Force or Sanctions Against Iran

April 25, 2006

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In response to a question "We have heard reports that there may be use of force or sanctions against Iran. What is India's position?" the Official Spokesperson said:

"India values its civilizational ties and traditionally close and friendly relations with Iran. We have repeatedly declared that issues relating to Iran's nuclear programme should be resolved through dialogue. Iran has the right to develop nuclear energy for peaceful purpose, but this must be consistent with its international commitments and obligations. India, along with other friendly countries, has continued to make efforts to reach an amicable resolution of outstanding issues through patient dialogue. Confrontation or the threat or use of force can only exacerbate tensions in a region which is of vital importance to India, and must therefore be avoided at all costs."