India can play a role in de-escalating tensions in the Gulf region as New Delhi is an important player, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said today. His remarks come amid tensions between the US and Iran over the killing of Iranian general Qasem Soleimani.
India has been maintaining that it would like the situation to de-escalate as soon as possible and the country has been in touch with key players, including Iran, United Arab Emirates, Oman and Qatar, as it has important interests in the region.
"India can play a role in de-escalating tensions in the Gulf region as New Delhi is an important player," Mr Zarif told news agency Press Trust of India.
Maj Gen Qasem Soleimani, the head of Iran's al-Quds force, was killed when a US drone fired missiles on his convoy in Iraq on January 3.
Last week, Iran launched over a dozen ballistic missiles targeting at least two bases where US military and coalition forces are stationed in Iraq.
Qasem Soleimani's killing was the most dramatic escalation yet in spiralling tensions between Iran and the US.