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'Iran important issue for India and US'

world Updated: May 29, 2010 08:16 IST

Noting that Iran is a very important issue for both India and US, a top Obama Adminstration official has said it is looking forward to hearing from External Affairs Minister S M Krishna about his recent meetings with Iranian leaders in Tehran.

"The External Affairs minister had a recent visit to Iran. I think probably one of the focuses of that was to talk about Afghanistan since India and Afghanistan have a shared aversion for the Taliban. So we look forward to hearing his readout of that and just to having a good exchange about Iran, which we've had for many years," the Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian, Robert Blake, told reporters yesterday at a special news conference on Indo-US relationship.

"This is a very important issue for both of our countries. I think the United States and India both share a concern about Iran's nuclear ambitions, and both of us are opposed to any kind of nuclear arms for Iran. And we understand the strategic consequences for both of us and particularly for the Gulf region were that to occur," he said.

Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs William Burns also had some conversations during his recent visit to India and said that India's record of implementation of UN Security Council resolutions on Iran and its record of votes in the IAEA have been very welcome, Blake said.

So this is an area where we will continue to cooperate closely, he added.