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'India's vote against Iran will not affect relations'

Sheel Kant Sharma said "We do not think that multilateral issues like these will have any impact on India's bilateral relations with Iran."

india Updated: Feb 05, 2006 19:12 IST

India's vote in favour of an IAEA resolution to report Iran's controversial nuclear programme to the UN Security Council will not affect it's relations with Tehran, New Delhi's Ambassador to the UN nuclear watchdog has said.

"India's vote against Iran will not affect its relations with Iran. We do not think that multilateral issues like these will have any impact on India's bilateral relations with Iran," said Sheel Kant Sharma.

Sharma comments came after the board of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) decided in Vienna to report Iran to UNSC on Saturday.

"India's active role in getting the resolution tabled will help in recognising Iran's right to peaceful uses of nuclear energy," he told BBC Hindi service on Saturday night.

Sharma said India has always felt that the route of confrontation should not be adopted and in the coming six weeks this draft would be seen by the IAEA board and diplomacy will continue.

"If Iran continues to cooperate with IAEA governing board on its demands and keeps its promise on the confidence building measures agreed upon in Paris, then a way out will be found," he said.