Stung by US remarks on Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's upcoming visit to New Delhi, the CPI(M) on Wednesday demanded that the US ambassador be summoned to express India's "disapproval" of "gross interference" by Washington in its relations with other countries.
"The US Ambassador (to India) does need to be summoned to express our disapproval," CPI(M) member Brinda Karat said in the Rajya Sabha referring to the US statement that India should tell Iran to "meet the requirements of the UN Security Council" on the nuclear issue during Ahmadinejad's visit.
Noting that the External Affairs Ministry spokesman has responded by saying that India did not require advice, she said though it was appropriate, "it is not enough".
She said the US statement reflected "the imperialist arrogance of a self-appointed world policeman. We condemn this statement in the strongest term".
Making a strong demand that the US envoy should be summoned to convey India's "strong displeasure", she said this was necessary because the Manmohan Singh government has "unfortunately belmished" India's record by voting twice against Iran in IAEA.
Karat said the US State Department has thought it fit to "indulge in another act of gross interference" in India's relations with other countries.
US State Department Deputy Spokesman Tom Casey had said on Monday that the Bush Administration hoped that India will ask Iran to comply with UNSC requirements on its nuclear programme. The US would encourage New Delhi to ask Iran to "become a more responsible actor on the world stage", he said.
In the Lok Sabha, CPI(M) MP Rupchand Pal termed the US statement as "audacious and arrogant" and said it amounted to an "infringement of India's sovereign position".