India and Iran has decided to hold a Joint Commission Meeting at the level of External Affairs Minister at an early date in Iran.
New Delhi: India and Iran are exploring visit by Foreign Minister S Jaishankar to Tehran at an early date to give impetus partnership amid fast changing geopolitics and regional dynamics.
During Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale’s visit to Tehran on Sunday and Monday it was decided to hold the next round of Joint Commission Meeting at the level of External Affairs Minister at an early date in Iran.
Gokhale met Deputy Foreign Minister Dr. Seyyed Abbas Araghchi, Foreign Minister Dr. Javad Zarif, and Ali Akbar Velayati, Senior Advisor to Supreme Leader.
During the consultations, the two sides reviewed the entire gamut of bilateral cooperation, ongoing connectivity and infrastructure development projects including development of Shahid Behesthi Port, Chabahar and full operationalization of the Trilateral Transit Agreement (Chabahar Agreement) between India, Iran and Afghanistan.
US NSA John Bolton’s resignation have raised hopes of launch of dialogue between the Trump administration and Tehran as the former NSA was a strong opponent to any negotiations with Iran.
The hopes of US-Iran talks were raised when the French President invited Zarif at Biarritz where US President Donald Trump was present for the G-7 Summit.
At the end of the G7 meet, it emerged that Trump and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani could meet in the next few weeks.
At Biarritz French President Emmanuel Macron urged Trump to lift embargo from Iranian oil sales to India.
India had stopped purchasing Iranian oil from May after Washington refused to extend six month waiver and threatened secondary sanctions.
Last November, the US granted a six-month waiver to India, China, Greece, Italy, Taiwan, Japan, Turkey and South Korea to continue importing oil from Iran. The temporary waiver ended in May first week. Iran supplied 10 per cent of India’s oil needs and the country has number of Iran specific refineries.
Source: The Economic Times