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India Rejects U.S. Advice on Iran.

Reacting strongly to State Department Deputy Spokesman Tom Casey's observations in Washington on Tuesday, the spokesman of the Indian Ministry of External Affairs said India could do without any guidance in the matter. Refuting the official American presumption to advise New Delhi, the spokesman said : "It is important that the genius of each nation living in a particular region is respected and allowed to flower to meet the expectations of enriching relations with neighbours." Mr. Casey said Washington wanted India to talk tough with Iran during Mr. Ahmadinejad's visit, hoping it would ask Tehran to suspend its uranium enrichment activities. "Washington would also encourage New Delhi to ask Iran to "become a more responsible actor on the world stage" by ending its "rather unhelpful activities" regarding Iraq, Mr. Casey told reporters. The Indian spokesman said: "both nations are perfectly capable of managing all aspects of their relationship with the appropriate degree of care and attention. The situation in the region has always drawn the attention of both the nations and it can be seen perfectly well that these have been managed through continuous dialogue and exchange of delegations at various levels". "Neither country needs any guidance on the future conduct of bilateral relations as both countries believe that engagement and dialogue alone lead to peace", added the official. This came after US once again waded into the delicately poised Indo-Iranian ties by asking New Delhi to talk tough with Tehran about its controversial nuclear programme during Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad`s visit here next week. India`s swift, and unusually sharp, riposte was a reiteration of its belief that the US is simply barking up the wrong tree by trying to isolate Iran internationally. 2008/04/23

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Date:May 4, 2008
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