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Iran N-standoff should be solved via talks: India

With the Iran nuclear issue listed as a major item in the NAM summit, Manmohan Singh said any doubts on the standoff should be resolved through talks.

india Updated: Sep 15, 2006 14:13 IST

With the Iran nuclear issue listed as a major item in the NAM summit, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Friday said any doubts on the stand off should be resolved through dialogue and discussion rather than exercise of coercive action.

"I have not seen the draft resolution. I have stated on a number of occasions that Iran is a signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

Therefore, Iran must have all the rights that go with being a member of the NPT and it must also fulfil all obligations," he told reporters accompanying him from Brasilia to Havana.

"And if there are doubts about Iran's nuclear programme those doubts should be resolved through dialogue, through discussion rather than exercise of coercive action," he said.

The Prime Minister was cautious about a meeting with President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran.

Asked whether he would be meeting the Iranian President, he said they would all be in the same hall and he may come across him there.