Iran, India discuss judicial co-operation accord

Iran, India discuss judicial co-operation accord

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New Delhi/Tehran, May 15 : India and Iran are discussing an agreement on judicial assistance in civil and commercial areas.

At a meeting in the Indian capital on Tuesday in which director generals for consular affairs took part, the two sides discussed consular issues of mutual interest.

The possibility of lifting visa requirements for holders of official and service passports, taking advantage of the available capacities to issue electronic and upon-arrival visas with the aim of facilitating commercial ties and people-to-people relations were among other issues discussed at the meeting.

The delegations underlined the need to establish security cooperation in fight against terrorism, human and drug trafficking and organised crimes.

The two sides also conferred on settling the problems faced by Iranian and Indian students, the Iranian foreign ministry said in a statement.

The 11th joint consular meeting coincided with Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif's visit to New Delhi during which he met External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and discussed all issues of bilateral interest.

Zarif travelled to India in a bid to hold talks with Indian authorities over several regional issues such as the nuclear deal, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), as well as the peace process in Afghanistan.

Zarif described the talks "constructive and promising", saying that the meeting focused on a number of issues, including the 2015 nuclear deal – also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) – and Iran’s recent move to revisit some of its obligations to the international pact.

"India shares common views with Iran in many aspects and holding such negotiations is necessary for bilateral relations," the Islamic Republic's IRNA news agency quoted Zarif as saying.

Zarif added that the two sides also discussed the ways to boost economic ties between Iran and India, including the future of the Chabahar port project, and the continuation of energy cooperation.

Zarif also on Tuesday met National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and discussed security issues between two countries.

IRNA also said during talks in New Delhi, Zarif voiced "concern about suspicious actions and sabotage in the region."

"We said that we had previously predicted that such actions would occur to create tensions in the region,” he said.

Zarif was referring to incidents with several oil tankers in the Fujairah Port of the United Arab Emirates that left four vessels damaged in what was described "sabotage acts".

On Monday, Tehran had denounced the incident and called for investigation into the causes of what happened in the Emirati port. Foreign Ministry Spokesman Abbas Mousavi had warned about "plots by ill-wishers to undermine stability and security in the region."

Zarif later left for Tokyo to have talks with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday. (UNI)