India can play significant role in de-escalating tensions in Gulf region: Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif
   16-Jan-2020
 
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Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif has said that India can play a significant role in de-escalating tensions in the Gulf region.
 
Speaking at the Raisina Dialogue in New Delhi yesterday, he said India can help improve the situation as New Delhi is an important player in the region. When asked if there is a diplomatic solution to the spike in tensions following the killing of Iranian general Qaseem Soleimani, Zarif said, Iran is ready for diplomacy to ease tensions, but not interested in negotiations with the US.
 
Iranian Foreign Minister also called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi yesterday. During the meeting, the Prime Minister mentioned India's strong interest in peace, security and stability in the region.
 
Welcoming Dr. Zarif to India, the Prime Minister recalled his warm and cordial discussions with President Rouhani in September 2019 on the sidelines of United Nations General Assembly in New York. He reiterated India's continued commitment to developing her strong and friendly relations with Iran. He thanked Iranian leadership for the progress in Chabahar project, including through designating it as Special Economic Zone.
 
Iranian Foreign Minister shared his perspectives on the recent developments in the region. The Prime Minister mentioned India's strong interest in peace, security and stability in the region.