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FM Salehi rubbishes allegations of Iran's involvement in Israel diplomat car bomb attack.

New Delhi, May 31 ( ANI ): Visiting Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi on Thursday rubbished allegations of his country's involvement in a bomb attack on the wife of a Israeli diplomat that took place in the heart of Delhi in February this year.

It maybe recalled that four persons were injured in the incident that took place on February 13, 2012.

According a to a Delhi Police investigation that was conducted then, a palm-sized sophisticated magnetic device was possibly detonated using a remote sensor.

Police then said that two people could have been involved in executing the bombing - one to plant the bomb and the other to trigger it. But there was no clue about the nature of explosives used.

Salehi, who is in India on a on a two-day visit to formally invite Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) summit to be held in Tehran in August, also accused "Zionist" Israel of destabilising industry in Iran and assassinating one of its young emerging scientists.

"The Zionist regime are introducing viruses into our industry. They express it as a matter of pride and, when they assassinate our young scientists, they express loudly that they have done it. The international community should ask?. We totally refute (these) allegations and the world knows about the Zionist regime. They have given assassinations a kind of legality," said Salehi.

Talking about India's energy needs, Salehi described Iran as a reliable source of providing energy to Delhi.

"India is a fast growing economy. They should look for resources that are reliable," the Iranian Foreign Minister said.

External Affairs Minister S.M.Krishna said unilateral sanctions should not impact upon India's "legitimate trade interests" with Iran.

Krishna made it clear that Iran remained India's important source for oil, given the growing domestic demand for crude.

Asked about the U.S. sanctions on Iran and its affect on trade, Krishna said India has always abided by the United Nations Security Council resolutions on the Iran issue.

"As far as other sanctions, those decided unilaterally or regionally, we are aware of such measures. In a globalised world, these actions can have an impact on the markets," he said.

"Our commercial entities take these into account. Such measures should not impact on legitimate trade interests," Krishna added.

"Iran is an important neighbour and crucial trade partner for India, and also a major source of our energy supplies," Krishna said, adding the Persian nation was also a gateway for India to Central Asia.

India and Iran share an interest in the stability of Central Asia and the Gulf, Krishna said, adding that he and Salehi also discussed terrorist and extremist threats facing both nations.

Salehi is in India as Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmedinijad's a Special Envoy.

He is scheduled to meet the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, on Friday.

Salehi also briefed Krishna on the recent discussions between Iran and the P5+1 in Baghdad on Tehran's nuclear programme.

"India has always held that the nuclear issue should be resolved through peaceful diplomacy and the framework of the IAEA provides the best forum to address the technical aspects of the issue," Krishna said.

On the importance of NAM, Salehi underlined the need for a voice for developing nations to speak for justice, fairness and equal sharing of management of world affairs. ( ANI )


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