Indian External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar is set to visit Iran on a two-day meet-up starting on Sunday, focusing on discussions with Iranian counterpart Hossein Amir-Abdollahian. The talks will cover the issues about the escalating security situation in the Red Sea.
The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) released a statement on Saturday, announcing the visit and highlighting the ongoing high-level exchanges between India and Iran. The MEA stated, "He will meet Foreign Minister of Iran Hossein Amir-Abdollahian and hold discussions on bilateral, regional, and global issues."
The Key aspects of the agenda include political cooperation, connectivity initiatives, and fostering people-to-people ties. The talks are of significant importance against the backdrop of global concerns regarding Houthi militants targeting merchant vessels in the Red Sea amid the Israel-Hamas conflict.
The United States and the United Kingdom have initiated air strikes against Houthi positions in Yemen, escalating the maritime security concerns. India, closely monitoring the situation, has already increased the deployment of frontline ships and surveillance aircraft in critical sea lanes, which includes the North and Central Arabian Sea.
The Red Sea developments were discussed in a recent phone conversation between External affair minister Mr.Jaishankar and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken. US President, Joe Biden, has affirmed the international community's united and resolute response to these "reckless attacks."
The two-day visit program also includes discussions on enhancing regional connectivity through the Chabahar port, located in Iran's Sistan-Balochistan province. Jointly developed by India and Iran, the Chabahar port aims to boost connectivity and trade ties,aiming for regional trade, particularly with Afghanistan.
The port plays a key role in the International North-South Transport Corridor (INSTC), facilitating multi-mode transport among India, Iran, Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Russia, Central Asia, and Europe.
Foreign Secretary Vinay Kwatra's visit to Tehran in November, co-chairing a meeting of India-Iran Foreign Office Consultations, highlighted the ongoing diplomatic engagements between the two nations.
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