Iran Foreign Minister meets S Jaishankar, amid rising tensions in gulf

Clay Curtis
January 18, 2020

Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, in an exclusive conversation an Indian media outlet, said that a peaceful India and Pakistan are best for the region and that Tehran is willing to extend its good offices if asked. However, the development of the port of Chabahar has been delayed due to tensions between the United States and Iran. The Foreign Minister of Iran further noted that the U.S. was looking to "increase the prices of oil and energy" for its own sake.

Speaking at foreign policy conference in New Delhi on Wednesday, Zarif said neither he, nor President Hassan Rouhani, knew the details of what happened until two days after the commercial flight was shot down. It wasn't a deal between Javad Zarif and John Kerry (then US Secretary of State).

"The killing of Qassem Soleimani shows ignorance and ignorance", Zarif said, according to The Times of India.

Meanwhile, President Rouhani has dismissed a proposal for a new "Trump deal" aimed at resolving a nuclear row, saying it was a "strange" offer and criticising U.S. President Donald Trump for always breaking promises. The US broke off the deal in May 2018...chose to leave the room.

Zarif claimed that people in "430 cities of India" protested against the killing, adding that "it demonstrated that Iran has support across the world". "If we address that, then we rid ourselves of this colonial domination of the U.S. dollar", he said, while asking the business community in both countries to step up by sacrificing short-term profits for long-term interests.

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The meeting comes on the back of tensions in the Gulf region, days after the killing of top Iranian commander General Qassem Soleimani in a United States strike.

The Iranian foreign minister arrived here on Tuesday on a three-day visit in the midst of global focus on escalating tension between Iran and the USA following the killing of Soleimani in an American drone attack. That's the bottleneck we need to address.

"Iran is interested in diplomacy, not interested in negotiating with the U.S.", he asserted while speaking at the Raisina Dialogue. Mr. Modi also thanked Iranian leadership for the progress made in the Chabahar project and inclusion of it in Special Economic Zone.

He also spoke of the despair among the young generation in Iran as the country has incurred hundreds of billions of dollars in damages since the USA imposed sanctions two years ago, crippling the economy.

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