India supports a peaceful nuclear program in Iran
India’s Minister of External Affairs Salman Khurshid says New Delhi will always support Tehran’s right to use nuclear energy for peaceful purposes in line with the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), reports Press TV.
In a meeting with visiting Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in New Delhi on Friday, Khurshid praised the implementation of the nuclear deal clinched between Iran and the P5+1 in Geneva last November.
Iran and the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council -- Russia, China, France, Britain and the United States -- plus Germany inked an interim deal on Tehran’s nuclear energy program in Geneva, Switzerland, on November 24 last year. The Geneva agreement took effect on January 20.
Iran and the six countries wrapped up their latest round of nuclear negotiations in Vienna, Austria, on February 20 and are set to meet again in the Austrian city on March 17 to continue their talks.
The negotiations are aimed at reaching a final agreement to fully resolve the decade-old dispute over the Islamic Republic’s nuclear energy program.
The Indian minister further said Iran is an influential country in the region and can contribute to regional peace and stability.
Zarif, for his part, stressed the importance of improving Tehran-New Delhi cooperation in various political, economic and cultural fields.
The top Iranian diplomat also said extremism and violence are among the challenges facing regional countries, urging closer cooperation to counter the scourges.
During his two day visit to India, Zarif held talks with senior Indian officials on a range of issues. His visit came at the invitation of his Indian counterpart, according to Press TV.
Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani has also stressed that the expansion of all-out relations with India is a priority of Tehran’s foreign policy.