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India to press Iran to cooperate in Israel diplomat attack


New Delhi: India will press Iran to cooperate in the investigation into the attack on an Israeli diplomat in February when Prime Minister Manmohan Singh holds talks with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in Tehran next week.

“We haven’t received the report of the Delhi Police so far,” Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai told reporters here Saturday when asked whether the Feb 13 attack on an Israeli diplomat in New Delhi will figure in the discussions between the leaders of the two countries.

“In general terms, we will be expressing our desire that Iran cooperates so that we can arrive at the bottom of the issue,” Mathai said.

Israel has accused Iran of masterminding the car bomb blast, a charge rejected by Tehran.

Manmohan Singh heads to Tehran Aug 28 to participate in the Non-Aligned Movement summit and will also hold bilateral talks with the Iranian president.

A Delhi Police team probing the incident, in which four Iranian nationals are allegedly involved, visited Iran mid-August.

The two-member team was sent to Tehran after Iranian authorities conveyed their readiness to assist in the Delhi Police probe.

According to Delhi Police, the suspected Iranians performed reconnaissance at the Israeli embassy in May 2011 before returning to New Delhi early this year to plan the attack.