Javad Zarif will deliberate on regional issues with his Indian counterparts
Javad Zarif’s visit comes amid escalating tensions between the US and Iran.
Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif will arrive in New Delhi today on a three-day visit to India amid spiraling tension between the Middle East country and the United States.
Besides addressing the Raisina Dialogue – an annual conference where dignitaries from more than 100 countries across the world will share their views on geopolitics and geoeconomics, climate change, counter-terrorism and other agendas of the next decade – the foreign minister will also meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday.
Mr. Zarif will further deliberate on regional issues with his Indian counterpart S Jaishankar over breakfast on Thursday following which he will emplane for Mumbai to interact with a group of business leaders.
During his trip to Mumbai, Mr. Zarif is also scheduled to call on Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray. He will conclude his India visit on Friday, according to an official statement.
The visit by the Iranian foreign minister comes at a time when global attention is focused on the simmering tensions in the Middle East post the killing of Iranian general Qasem Soleimani by a Pentagon-ordered drone attack in Baghdad earlier this month.
(Reported by Mr. Jaffery)