//India, Israel discuss Middle East peace, Iran

India, Israel discuss Middle East peace, Iran

[ Wednesday, February 01, 2006 11:57:04 pm ANS ]

NEW DELHI: India and Israel on Wednesday discussed the situation in the Middle East following Hamas’ victory in the Palestinian elections as well as the Iranian nuclear issue. These issues figured in the wide-ranging discussions between Israel’s visiting National Security Adviser Maj. Gen. (retired) Giora Eiland and his Indian counterpart M.K. Narayanan.

Eiland, who is on a three-day visit to India, also met Defence Minister Pranab Mukherjee and Foreign Secretary Shyam Saran and discussed bilateral issues. "The issues covered during the meetings were bilateral, security perspectives (regional and global) and developments in South Asia, West Asia and North Africa, and the Gulf," external affairs ministry spokesman Navtej Sarna said.

Israel expressed its anxieties about the Middle East peace process after Hamas, a radical group, won the Palestinian polls. Eiland also expressed Israel’s concerns about Iran’s nuclear brinkmanship and sought India’s support over the issue, sources said. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is scheduled to vote on Thursday on a proposal to refer the Iranian nuclear case to the UN Security Council.

Eiland, who is here for a strategic dialogue, will on Thursday call on India’s special envoy for the Middle East Chinmaya Gharekhan.