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India discusses Af-Pak issue with Iran

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Tehran, May 16 (ANI): External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna on Sunday met Iranian Parliament's Speaker Ali Larijani at Majlis and the two leaders discussed regional issues of common concern including the prevailing situation in Afghanistan.Krishna, during his 45-minute meeting, also apprised Larijani about the recent meeting of Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and his Pakistani counterpart Yousuf Raza Gilani in Thimphu (Bhutan).He also conveyed to the Iranian leader that India wants cooperative and cordial relations with Pakistan.Krishna, however, also told Larijani that the issue of terrorism remains the core concern of India vis-a-vis Pakistan.Larijani, on his part, noted that terrorism is a common challenge for both the countries and there is a similarity of outlook.During their interaction, Krishna also informed Larijani about the two attacks on Indian embassy in Afghanistan.Krishna and Larijani, meanwhile, expressed happiness over the 16th meet of India-Iran Joint Commission to be held in New Delhi.Both the leaders expressed desire to enhance relationship in all sectors, as bilateral trade between the two countries has crossed 14 billion dollars.Krishna, who will be participating in the G-15 summit on Monday, is also expected to meet his Iranian counterpart on the margins of the summit.Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister Fathallahi was also present during the discussions. By Naveen Kapoor (ANI)

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