India not to dilute relations with Iran for sake of Israel
Tribune News Service
New Delhi, September 12
The deepening strategic ties between India and Israel and the on-the-cards trilateral axis involving these two countries and the USA will not in any way dilute New Delhis relations with Iran whom Tel Aviv and Washington regard as enemy number one.
The perception in the South Block here is that for the sake of its relationship with one country no country can forego its relationship with another country and the same applied to India.
This was clearly demonstrated today when the spokesman for Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), Mr Navtej Sarna, took an unequivocal position that India was not supportive of the Israeli Cabinets decision to expel the Palestine Authority President as such a move would go against the peace process.
Another development reflected Indias independent foreign policy. Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharazzi called up External Affairs Minister Yashwant Sinha last evening, barely 24 hours after Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon had left India.
This, diplomatic observers said, was reminiscent of Pakistan President Pervez Musharrafs recent maiden visit to Russia. As soon as General Musharrafs plane had taken off from Moscow, Mr Putin called up Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, sending signals of a strong Indo-Russian bond which could not be upset by any number of visits from Pakistan.
Officially, the MEA only said Mr Kharazzi discussed developments in the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) regarding Irans nuclear programme.
However, it is understood that the two foreign ministers reviewed the Indo-Iranian relations in the context of Mr Sharons India visit and Mr Sinha used this opportunity to brief Mr Kharazzi about the Sharon visit.
During this historic visit, Mr Sharon had made strong anti-Iran remarks and described Iran as Israels enemy number one.
What transpired yesterday was an unusually angry press statement by the Iranian embassy here wherein Tehran took exception to Mr Sharons anti-Iran remarks. http://www.tribuneindia.com/2003/20030913/main5.htm
posted on 09/13/2003 12:56:56 AM PDT
US-Iran face off at World Freestyle Wrestling
AP[ SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2003 11:44:18 AM ]
NEW YORK: Iran and the United States split the last two matches at the opening day of the World Freestyle Championships Friday.
Iran's Hadi Habibi beat Joe Williams 3-1 in overtime in the 163-pound (73-kilogramme) class. Two minutes later Cael Sanderson defeated Majid Khodaee of Iran 8-2 at 185 pounds (83 kilogrammes).
US wrestlers had won their first 20 matches in the two sessions of pool competition before the two highly anticipated matchups between American and Iranian wrestlers.
``We train to win every match. We were excited about our performance, but we feel as bad about the one loss as we are happy about the 21 wins,'' United States coach Bobby Douglas said.
Williams was thrown for three points as overtime began and the contingent of Iranian fans erupted and the crowd estimated at 6,000 chanted back and forth.
Eric Guerrero of the United States won two matches at 132 pounds (59 kilogrammes), including a 3-1 overtime win over Mohammad Talaei of Iran.
Other American victories included Sara McMann pinning world silver medallist Sara Erikkson of Sweden at 138 3/4 pounds (62 kilogrammes) and Stephen Abas winning twice in overtime at 121 pounds (54 kilogrammes), including a 3-1 victory over 2002 Olympic gold medallist Abdullaev Yadulla of Azerbaijan.
``I set a goal a long time ago to be a world champion,'' Abas said. ``I have to clear the pool to do that.''
Svetlana Martynenko of Russia upset women's world 67-kilogramme champion Katerina Burmistrova of Ukraine 3-1 in the first session of the pool competiton at the World Freestyle Championships.
Also, Tanabe Chickara of Japan edged 2001 world 55-kilogramme champion German Kontoev of Belarus 11-10 at Madison Square Garden.
The world championships were to be held in New York in September 2001, but were moved to Bulgaria following the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center.
American men won world championships in 1993 and 1995 and the women won in 1999.
Seventy countries are represented in the competition that runs through Sunday. http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/cms.dll/html/uncomp/articleshow?msid=180255
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