Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday mentioned he had a “very fruitful” assembly along with his Iranian counterpart Brigadier General Amir Hatami and mentioned methods to bolster bilateral cooperation and exchanged views on regional safety points, together with the state of affairs in Afghanistan.
Mr Singh reached Tehran from Moscow on Saturday on a transit halt after concluding his three-day go to to Russia the place he attended a gathering of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) defence ministers. He additionally held bilateral talks along with his counterparts from Russia, China and the Central Asian nations.
“Had a very fruitful meeting with Iranian defence minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami in Tehran. We discussed regional security issues including Afghanistan and the issues of bilateral cooperation,” he mentioned in a tweet.
“Both the Defence Ministers discussed ways to take forward bilateral cooperation and exchanged views on regional security issues, including peace and stability in Afghanistan,” Singh”s workplace mentioned in a separate tweet on the assembly held on Saturday on the request of the Iranian defence minister.
The assembly between the 2 ministers occurred in a “cordial and warm atmosphere,” it mentioned, including that the leaders emphasised upon the age-old cultural, linguistic and civilisational ties between India and Iran.
Had a really fruitful assembly with Iranian defence minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami in Tehran. We mentioned regional safety points together with Afghanistan and the problems of bilateral cooperation . pic.twitter.com/8ZENfAgRPS
— Rajnath Singh (@rajnathsingh) September 6, 2020
Mr Singh’s go to to Iran is taken into account to be vital because it got here a day after he voiced India’s deep concern in regards to the state of affairs within the Persian Gulf and referred to as upon the nations within the area to resolve their variations via dialogue primarily based on mutual respect.
A sequence of incidents within the Persian Gulf involving Iran, the US and the UAE in current weeks have flared up stress within the area.
“We are deeply concerned about the situation in the Persian Gulf,” Mr Singh mentioned in his handle at a gathering of the SCO in Moscow on Friday.
“We call upon countries in the region – all of which are dear and friendly to India, to resolve differences by dialogue based on mutual respect, sovereignty and non-interference in internal affairs of each other,” he mentioned in his handle on the mixed assembly of defence ministers of the SCO, Collective Security Treaty Organisation and Commonwealth of Independent States member states.
Last month, Iranian navy briefly seized management of a Liberian-flagged oil tanker in what the US mentioned had been worldwide waters close to the Strait of Hormuz, which hyperlinks the Persian Gulf with the Gulf of Oman to the south and the Arabian Sea past.
Iran has threatened to disrupt oil shipments via the Strait of Hormuz if the US, which has already imposed crippling sanctions on Tehran over its nuclear programme, tries to strangle its financial system.
India-Iran industrial ties had been historically dominated by Indian import of Iranian crude oil. In 2018-19 India imported USD 12.11 billion value of crude oil from Iran.
However, following the top of the Significant Reduction Exemption (SRE) interval on May 2, 2019, India has suspended importing crude from Iran, based on the Indian Embassy right here.
The US had requested nations, together with India, to chop oil imports from Iran all the way down to “zero” by November 6, 2019 or face sanctions.
The bilateral commerce throughout 2019-20 was USD 4.77 billion, a lower of 71.99 per cent as in comparison with the commerce of USD 17.03 billion 2018-19. What is important is that Indian exports to Iran between 2011-12 and 2019-20 have grown by 45.60 per cent, based on the web site of the mission.