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India's foreign ministry denies it was off the board on IAEA vote

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

New Delhi, Sept 30, IRNA
India's Ministry of External Affairs has denied a report published Thursday in `The Asian Age' that minister K.

Natwar Singh was not aware of the decision on the vote in IAEA, reports `The Asian Age'.

A statement issued by the ministry spokesperson stated: "The news report is mischievous and false. The external affairs minister was fully involved in the decision-making process."
The statement went on to say that the minister of external affairs "consulted all members of the Cabinet Committee on Security and the Prime Minister before communicating the government's decision to our ambassador to the IAEA."
Singh was in the US and Canada since September 11 and is presently on his way back to New Delhi.

The newspaper Thursday reported that the decision to support the EU-3 resolution had been taken late at night, and without being placed before the Union Cabinet and the core group of senior ministers.

It had further stated that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who had spoken to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on the eve of the vote in Vienna, had not been told about the decision, and was led to believe that Iran could be assured of India's support.

The UPA allies and the Left parties were also not informed about the decision that has been decried by the latter as a major reversal of Indian foreign policy.


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