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It confounds one to think that a country’s President would make such provocative remarks.
Meanwhile, a note of sanity from the First Deputy President of Iran Parviz Davoodi. In a meeting with External Affairs Minister Natwar Singh on the sidelines of the meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization in Moscow, Davoodi has assured India that the latter’s vote against Iran at the IAEA Summit in Vienna is a minor irritant between the two countries and will not affect long-term ties. This is a breath of fresh air from the Iranian leadership, some of who, as the Ahmadinejad episode demonstrates, have been speaking in public only to incite.
Saeed Naqvi, writing in today’s IE, says that India should not have voted against Iran because it doesn’t behoove a country of India’s strategic stature (he alludes to India’s candidature of the UNSC) to have “buckled under US pressure”. I disagree. Foreign Secretary Saran has made it amply clear in the course of the past few days what the compulsions vis-à-vis this deal were. It would be hypocritical of