Day after US walkout from nuclear deal, Iran envoy to Delhi: Let’s immunise our ties

New Delhi | Updated: May 10, 2018 5:08:33 am

Minister Narendra Modi with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. (File photo)

Hours after President Donald Trump announced US withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal, Massoud Rezvanian Rahaghi, Tehran’s envoy to New Delhi, said if European partners and others stick to promises and commitments under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), then Iran too will fulfil its commitments, and oil trade with India will not be affected.

In an exclusive conversation with The Indian Express Wednesday, Rahaghi — he is the Deputy Chief of Mission and has been officiating as Ambassador following the departure of Ambassador Gholamreza Ansari — said since development of the Chabahar port is of strategic importance to India, it should not be affected by “any political cause or excuse”.

“To us, strategic interests need strategic decisions and actions in a timely manner,” he said.

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Rahaghi, who served as a soldier in Iran’s army in 1980s during the Iran-Iraq war and later as a diplomat in India in 2010 (when the first set of sanctions kicked in), said there could be collisions and cooperation between India and US, India and Iran, Iran and Pakistan, but…

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