1. Ready to mediate between India & Pakistan on Kashmir dispute if asked, says Iran Foreign Minister Javad Zarif

Ready to mediate between India & Pakistan on Kashmir dispute if asked, says Iran Foreign Minister Javad Zarif

Iran Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said that the country is ready to mediate on Kashmir issue if asked by the neighboring countries.

By: | New Delhi | Published: December 4, 2016 3:11 PM
Iran Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said that the country is ready to mediate on Kashmir issue if asked by the neighboring countries. (Reuters) Iran Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said that the country is ready to mediate on Kashmir issue if asked by the neighboring countries. (Reuters)

As the adviser on Foreign Affairs to the Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Sartaj Aziz’s visit to India indicates bright chances of bilateral talks between the two countries, Iran Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said that the country is ready to mediate on Kashmir issue if asked by the neighboring countries.

On resolving the Kashmir dispute between India and Pakistan, the Iran Foreign Minister, as quoted by The Indian Express, said, “We have excellent relations with both India and Pakistan. Pakistan is a very close neighbor, India is a very close partner for Iran, with whom we have historical ties, cultural ties. Many Indians and Pakistanis recite Persian poetry. We cannot lose that bond. That bond is too important to lose both with India and Pakistan.”

Javad Zarif stated that while Iran is not volunteering but are ready to help any of them, since both the countries are important for Iran. The foreign minister claimed that their country shares the ‘common ideas’ and ‘common vision’ with both the neighboring countries in the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM).

over speculations on the nuclear deal with P-5+1 getting impacted post the US elections as Donald Trump comes into the administration, Zarif said that according to him the nuclear agreement with US is ‘not in jeopardy’.

As quoted by The Indian Express, Zarif said, “The nuclear agreement is not a bilateral agreement but a multilateral agreement that came after everything failed… I don’t think that the nuclear deal is in jeopardy.”

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