Iran Foreign Minister Meets S Jaishankar, Talks About Tensions In Gulf

The Iran foreign minister arrived in India on Tuesday for a three-day visit in the midst of global focus on escalating tensions between Iran and the US following the killing of Qasem Soleimani in an American drone strike.

Iran Foreign Minister Meets S Jaishankar, Talks About Tensions In Gulf

Iran Foreign Minister Javad Zarif with India's External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar in Delhi.

New Delhi:

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and his Iranian counterpart Javad Zarif today held extensive talks on fast-evolving situation in the Gulf region in the wake of frayed ties between Iran and the US over killing of Commander Qasem Soleimani.

In the meeting over breakfast, Javad Zarif apprised Mr Jaishankar about the overall situation and Tehran's position on it.

In a statement, the External Affairs ministry said the two sides exchanged views on regional and global issues of mutual interest, including the recent developments in the region.

It said the two sides also deliberated on the Iran nuclear deal of 2015, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). The US had pulled out of the JCPOA in 2018.

The MEA said S Jaishankar reiterated Indian interests in the region and support for efforts to maintain peace, security and stability there.

The two ministers also deliberated on various aspects of bilateral ties between India and Iran including the progress of the Chabahar port project.

The Iran foreign minister arrived in India on Tuesday for a three-day visit in the midst of global focus on escalating tensions between Iran and the US following the killing of Qasem Soleimani in an American drone strike.

On Wednesday, Javad Zarif said India can play a role in de-escalating tensions in the Gulf region as it is an important regional player.

In an address at the Raisina Dialogue, he hit out at the Trump administration for killing Qasem Soleimani and attributed the action as a "sad reflection of a serious problem in Washington's thinking".

"If you are an ignorant-arrogant or an arrogant-ignorant, with power, it brings disaster," he said on Wednesday, alleging that Soleimani's killing was a US attempt to unilaterally shape policies in the region.
The attack, he said, was "unforgivable".

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.

Maj Gen Soleimani, the head of Iran's elite 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.

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