Zarif's trip to India; token of active diplomacy

Tehran, May 15, IRNA - Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in his tour to the neighbouring countries, visited officials of Turkmenistan and India to help resolve the issues related to the region in line with Iranian active diplomacy.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif durign this tour to India conferred with Indian counterpart Sushma Swaraj on outstanding issues.

India, which is the second biggest buyer of Iranian oil after China, was pushed by the US to restrict its monthly purchase to 300,000 bpd, down from 452,000 bpd bought in the financial year 2017-18.

Zarif met with Ajit Kumar Doval, the National Security Advisor to the Prime Minister of India and discussed security issues between two countries.

Zarif's tour to India took place after his visit to Turkmenistan during a two-day trip and Moscow and Sochi in Russia on his recent trip.

The active diplomacy focused on hostile actions of the US government which brought instability and concern to the region, and that the situation may get worse to create humanitarian crisis in the region.

In such a situation, when extremist Trump advisers at the White House attempted to isolate Iran, Zarif's visit to New Dehli can be viewed as very useful to serve Iranian national interest.

*** Iranian, Indian FMs discuss nuclear deal, economic cooperation
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and his Indian counterpart Sushma Swaraj met in New Delhi on Tuesday and talked about a host of issues, including the mutual economic ties and Iran’s nuclear deal.

Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Zarif described the talks 'constructive and promising', saying that the meeting focused on a number of issues, including the 2015 nuclear deal – also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) – and Iran’s recent move to revisit some of its obligations to the international pact.

He noted that in line with the policies to clarify the Islamic Republic’s approach toward the nuclear deal for its close partners.
“The Indian side was briefed about the latest JCPOA developments and Iran’s strategic decisions to preserve the pact.”

Last week, Iran said it would reduce commitments to the JCPOA in response to US’ withdrawal from the nuclear deal, giving the other remaining parties to the deal a 60-day deadline to comply with their commitments.

Zarif said he had reiterated during the meeting that should Iran’s demands be met, Tehran would resume complying with the suspended commitments.

The top diplomat stressed that Iran has no intention to leave the JCPOA, and its decision on reducing commitments is still within the framework of the agreement.

Zarif added that the two sides also discussed the ways to boost economic ties between Iran and India, including the future of the Chabahar port project, and the continuation of energy cooperation.

*** India and Iran Relations; effective and constructive
'India's policy demands that having deal with Iran, meet its economic and geopolitical needs and allow it to maintain its relations with the United States as a major power.' said a senior expert on Subcontinent Affairs Nozar Shafiei in an interview with IRNA.

He said: 'When the United States and India concluded their civilian nuclear deal in 2006, Americans refused to accept any nuclear-related cooperation between the United States and India, including in the area of ​​energy, but the Indians did not accept it because they believed that they needed Iran's capacities and said that the US should consider exceptions for them.'

'Perhaps now they can convince the Americans that they (US officials) won't disturb Iran-India cooperation, and that Iran-India and the United States and India relations will remain', the senior analyst believes.

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