Going beyond its traditional approach of stating its conventional position,India has for the first time gone a step ahead to articulate support for Irans right to uranium enrichment a contentious issue between Tehran and the international community for peaceful use of nuclear power.
This was put in a joint statement of the Russia-India-China (RIC) trilateral meeting at the last minute on Monday since Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov briefed External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid and Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi on Sunday.
Lavrov is learnt to have explained there is no restriction on enrichment for Iran,if it is for peaceful uses. Sources said Indian interlocutors signed the statement which recognized Irans right to peaceful uses of nuclear energy,including for uranium enrichment under strict IAEA safeguards and consistent with its international obligations.
Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh and her team worked at the eleventh hour to thrash out the joint statement,firmly rooted in Indias position of support for peaceful uses of nuclear
The statement called for early resolution of Iranian nuclear issue through political and diplomatic means on the basis of a step-by-step approach and reciprocity to restore international confidence in the peaceful nature of Irans nuclear programme.