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India against armed action on Iran

world Updated: Jul 03, 2008 09:37 IST

India has said any unilateral armed action against Iran is totally "unacceptable and undesirable" and should be disapproved of by the international community.

"In respect of Iran, I entirely agree with the Egyptian Foreign Minister that there should be no armed engagement. In fact we are against any coercive engagement," External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee said after holding talks with his Egyptian counterpart Ahmed Abul Gheit in Cairo last night.

"The issues (with Iran) have to be resolved through dialogue and any unilateral armed action on a sovereign country, member of the United Nations is totally unacceptable, undesirable and nobody should indulge in it. It should not be acceptable to the international community," he told reporters at a joint press conference with Gheit.

New Delhi virtually rebuked Israel for its "aggresive actions" in Palestinian areas and said both countries must live in peace in the demarcated boundaries.

India does not encourage any escalation or precipitation of action by either Israel or Palestine and favours a "fair trial" for peace efforts made by all countries, including Egypt, Mukherjee, who is on a three-day visit to Egypt said.

"There must be restraint. Ultimately, all problems are to be resolved not through violence but through dialogue and all efforts which have been made by Egypt and other countries should be given a fair trial.

"Nobody should take initiative at its hand and respond in a armed manner. It is applicable to Israelis because normally they initiate the aggressive actions and equally applicable to Palestinians," he said.

India wants durable peace and both countries must live in peace in the demarcated boundaries, he added.