New Delhi's ties with Tehran unaffected by US' JCPOA exit: Indian expert

New Delhi, May 28, IRNA - An Associate Professor with the 'Centre for Peace and Conflict Resolution', Jamia Milia Islamia University, New Delhi believes that the ties between Iran and India have remained so far unaffected by the US pulling out of the Iranian nuclear deal.

In an exclusive interview with IRNA here on Friday, Dr Reshmi Kazi said, “India and Iran’s bilateral ties have so far remained unaffected by President Donald Trump’s decision to renounce the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). The recent statement from the Ministry of External Affairs reflects India’s aspirations for resolution of the current imbroglio with minimum impact of the US sanctions on India-Iran bilateral ties. It reiterates that India respects and recognizes Iran’s right to peaceful uses of nuclear energy.”

On the possible aim of the India visit of the Iranian foreign minister Dr. Mohammad Javad Zarif, the seasoned analyst of the world affairs said, “It is noteworthy that the Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif’s visit to India comes post the US withdrawal from JCPOA and re-imposition of the Washington’s economic sanctions on Tehran. As a competent foreign minister, Zarif’s primary goal would be to minimize the effect of the US pulling out of JCPOA on the India-Iran ties.”

“Earlier, India and Iran had sounded desire to forge robust strategic and economic ties in many sectors. In February 2018, the two counties signed nine agreements for further consolidation of their bilateral ties. It is expected that Iran will seek assurances from India to immune New Delhi’s ties with Tehran from the impact of the US withdrawal from the JCPOA.”

Elaborating on the India’s stance on the Iranian nuclear program, she said, “India and Iran bilateral relations have been on the upswing in recent years. Besides, India recognizes Iran’s right to peaceful uses of nuclear energy. India has also conveyed that all disputes arising out of the JCPOA must be addressed through constructive dialogue and diplomacy. India is the third biggest importer of the Iranian oil and hence there were concerns whether the US sanction would affect Iran’s oil supplies to India.”

“However, such an eventuality would not be in India’s interests. The Iranian nuclear deal imbroglio is believed to have featured in the May 2018 Sochi meet held between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Russian President Vladimir Putin. Given so, India looks forward to an early resolution of the Iranian nuclear imbroglio and would perhaps look forward to the Europeans powers to salvage the nuclear deal from the current imbroglio.” Dr. Reshmi kazi added.

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