• Mon / 7 January 2019 / 16:27
  • Category: Politics
  • News Code: 97101709241
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FM Zarif departs for New Delhi


Tehran (ISNA) – Iranian Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif left Tehran for New Delhi on Monday.

At the head of a high-ranking political and economic delegation, Mr. Zarif headed to India.

According to Foreign Ministry spokesman, Bahram Qassemi, senior executives from state and private entrepreneurship companies are accompanying FM Zarif on this three-day visit.

“He will also meet with Indian officials and participates in a joint trade conference of the two countries. Among the other programs of the Iranian foreign minister during this important visit is to attend the annual international conference of the Raisina Dialogue,” added Qassemi.

According to ThePrint, Zarif, who will be in India for the annual Raisina Dialogue organised by think-tank Observer Research Foundation (ORF), will meet External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on 8 January. He is also expected to call on Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his visit.

The visit will witness both sides following up on the issues discussed during Zarif’s last trip to India in May 2018, when the two countries had vowed to not only boost bilateral trade ties, but also to identify ways in which the Modi government could support the Iran nuclear deal, also known as Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), after the withdrawal by the United States from the deal and imposition of sanctions.

Zarif will also address a business forum under the aegis of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) on 8 January.

The main objective of this will be to discuss how to continue doing business transactions in Indian currency and all the modalities around it in the wake of the sanctions imposed by the US, while providing a platform for Iranian businesses to explore investment opportunities in India.

Sources also said that talks to expand India-Iran cooperation on the Chabahar port project will be discussed.

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