New Delhi: After the nuclear deal was done between Iran and six world powers, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has embarked on a regional tour that will take him to India as well as Pakistan among other countries.
Zarif is set to visit India on August 14, Friday. He is expected to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, as well as union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari.
Both sides are expected to discuss increasing Indian imports of Iranian oil, and boosting trade.
India is among Asia’s major importers of energy and relies on Iran to meet a portion of its energy demand. Iran was the second largest supplier of India’s crude before the tightening of US-led sanctions against Tehran about two years ago.
Zarif and Indian officials are to discuss the latest developments in the region, Iran’s recent nuclear agreement with world powers and the subsequent lifting of sanctions.
Zarif is to visit Pakistan on August 13. He will call of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Foreign Affairs advisor Sartaj Aziz, according to news reports.
Zarif has visited a number of countries in West Asia following the July 14 nuclear agreement between Iran and the P5+1 — US, Britain, France, China, Russia and Germany –countries.