US-Iran situation a difficult international issue: Jaishankar

US-Iran situation a difficult international issue: Jaishankar

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Gandhinagar, Jun 25 : Terming the visit of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo as a very important one, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Tuesday said that the situation between US and Iran was one of the difficult international issues India was dealing with.

Talking to mediapersons at BJP's state headquarters here after filing his nomination for Rajya Sabha bypoll in Gujarat as a party candidate, he said that Indian government is dealing with many international issues with difficult nature and the present situation between the US and Iran was one of them. He, however, said that Indian stand would ultimately be guided by the national interests.

Talking about Pompeo's 3-day visit to India beginning tonight, during which he would also held meetings with him and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Jaishankar said that it was a very important visit as it was the first one by a top US minister after the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

To a query about the ongoing trade tariff dispute between India and the US, the minister said that sometimes such disputes did arise but the diplomacy calls for finding common grounds beneficial for both the countries.

On being asked about the media reports that claimed that Antigua Prime Minister has said that PNB scam accused Mehul Choksi could be extradited to India, Jaishankar said that he has just seen the reports in media and as he was not much aware of it, he won't make a comment.

On being asked about relations with China, Jaishankar said that he did not feel that the policy towards the neighbouring country was a flip-flop. "But with change in situation the policy is bound to change. It was not necessary that we toe just one line. Last year our PM had a meeting with the Chinese President and we expect his India visit this year. After that meeting the relations between the two countries are looking stable. I myself have to visit China and our relations so far look good," he added. UNI