Dushanbe, Jun 15 : External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar met with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif on the sidelines of CICA Summit here in Tajikistan capital on Saturday.Both the leaders discussed issues of mutual interest, MEA spokesman Raveesh Kumar said.
Notably during the two-day SCO Summit at Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan, a scheduled bilateral between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Iran President Hassan Rouhani on Friday had to be cancelled due to scheduling issues and paucity of time.
Hence the meeting between Dr Jaishankar and his Iranian counterpart here assumes significance as India and other countries like China are to decide on the oil import from Iran following US sanctions on the same. The waiver announced for a six-month period for India and seven other countries expired in May and the Trump administration has also announced that no fresh sanction waivers will be issued to existing importers of Iranian oil.Tension has lately mounted in the Gulf region.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang has said on Friday that "......the last thing we (Beijng) want to see is a war. It serves no one's interests and undermines the shared interests of the international community"."China maintains normal cooperation with the Gulf states, including in the field of energy. Our cooperation under the framework of international law is legitimate and legal, and thus should be respected and protected," he also said.
In May, the then External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj had assured Iranian foreign minister Javad Zarif during his visit to Delhi that the central government will take a decision on buying oil from Iran only after the conclusion of Lok Sabha polls.The Modi government has been maintaining that on the US sanctions, New Delhi will go by what is in the country's 'national interest'. (UNI)