Gulf tensions: External Affairs Minister Jaishankar, his Iranian counterpart Javad Zarif hold talks
The two ministers also deliberated on various aspects of bilateral ties between India and Iran, including progress of the Chabahar port project.
Amid tensions between Iran and the US over killing of Commander Qasem Soleimani, Indian External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar and his Iranian counterpart Javad Zarif on Thursday held extensive talks on the fast-evolving situation in the Gulf region.
The Iranian minister on Wednesday called India “an important player” and said that it can play an important role in de-escalating tensions in the Gulf region.
In the meeting over breakfast on Thursday, Zarif apprised Jaishankar about the overall situation and Tehran's position over it.
It is learnt that the two ministers also deliberated on various aspects of bilateral ties between India and Iran, including progress of the Chabahar port project.
The Iranian Foreign Minister arrived here on Tuesday on a three-day visit in the midst of global focus on escalating tensions between Tehran and Washington following the killing of the Iranian general.
Soleimani, 62, the head of Iran's elite al-Quds force and architect of its regional security apparatus, was killed when a US military drone fired missiles at his convoy while it was leaving the Baghdad International Airport on January 3.
In an address at the Raisina Dialogue on Wednesday, Zarif had hit out at the Trump adminstration for killing of Iranian Major General 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, 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.
Following Soleimani's killing, Iran promised retaliation and launched over a dozen ballistic missiles last week, targeting at least two bases where US military and coalition forces' are stationed in Iraq.
US President Donald Trump had earlier claimed that the Iranian general had contributed to terror plots “as far away as New Delhi and London”.