SP to oppose Bush visit, says Mulayam

CHIEF MINISTER Mulayam Singh Yadav on Saturday said the Samajwadi Party would oppose US President George W Bush?s visit to India. Talking to media persons after meeting Pakistan High Commissioner Aziz Ahmed Khan at his official residence, Yadav said he was against America?s ban on Iran?s nuclear programme. Terming it as injustice to Iran, Yadav said the Samajwadi Party would register its opposition during the visit of the US President.

india Updated: Jan 29, 2006 00:55 IST

CHIEF MINISTER Mulayam Singh Yadav on Saturday said the Samajwadi Party would oppose US President George W Bush’s visit to India.

Talking to media persons after meeting Pakistan High Commissioner Aziz Ahmed Khan at his official residence, Yadav said he was against America’s ban on Iran’s nuclear programme. Terming it as injustice to Iran, Yadav said the Samajwadi Party would register its opposition during the visit of the US President.

He further said the case of Iran threw light on the inequality prevailing between developed and non-developed countries. Since these countries were underdeveloped and backward they could not produce armament and the Samajwadi Party was opposed to this kind of thinking, Yadav said.

Earlier, welcoming the Pakistani High Commissioner, Yadav said India and Pakistan were just like two brothers and the relationship between them was looking up.

The dispute between India and Pakistan would be settled through talks and the gap between the two countries was being bridged, he said.

The Pakistani High Commissioner said he was visiting various states of India but came to Lucknow for the first time. He was always looking forward to visit the city and was happy that he was here at last. Both the countries were moving ahead to improve their relationship seriously, he said and added that the problems including Jammu and Kashmir would be solved with the passage of time.

First Published: Jan 29, 2006 00:55 IST