India urges US to “engage constructively” with Iran on Nuke deal

India on Monday said that the United States should engage “constructively for peaceful resolution” of all issues on nuclear deal with Iran.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Monday met her Iranian counterpart Javad Zarif here and both the leaders discussed bilateral, regional and “international issues of mutual interest”.

At the meeting Ms Swaraj conveyed that “all parties” to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), signed between Iran and the world’s six major powers, “should engage” constructively.

“External Affairs Minister (Ms Swaraj) conveyed that all parties to the Agreement should engage constructively for peaceful resolution of the issues that have arisen with respect to the Agreement,” a statement from the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said here.

The India stance in vital as the Trump administration earlier this month pulled out of the landmark nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), signed between Iran and the world’s six major powers in Vienna in 2015.

“EAM @SushmaSwaraj and her Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif discussed bilateral, regional and global issues at the meeting,” MEA spokesman Raveesh Kumar tweeted.

In a statement, the MEA said both sides “positively assessed the implementation” of decisions taken during the visit of President Rouhani to India.

“These included bilateral cooperation in the areas of connectivity, energy, trade and promotion of people to people contacts,” the statement said.

The visiting dignitary Mr Zarif briefed Ms Swaraj about the discussions that Iran has undertaken with parties to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action following the US decision to withdraw from the Agreement.

The other members of the delegation accompanying Mr Zarif had separate meetings with their counterparts earlier in the day where they discussed measures for practical cooperation between the two sides.

In February, Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani visited New Delhi when several agreements were inked to expand bilateral economic ties.

“‘Due to US act of withdrawing from Iran deal, we need to have more consultations with New Delhi,” said Mr Zarif earlier in the day.

“Thanks to India status as Iran’s political and economic partner in the region, we have organised the meeting with Indian officials in different governmental sectors,” Zarif said.

Iran is the also second largest supplier of crude oil to India, supplying more than 425,000 barrels of oil per day.

 

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