Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad made the remarks upon his
arrival in New Delhi’s airport for a three-day visit to India on Monday
Zarif said that the main goal of his trip to India is to
attend and deliver a speech at a conference which will be held on Wednesday
evening. He meant the annual international conference of the Raisina Dialogue,
as it had been announced by the Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Ghasemi in a
statement on Monday morning.
The foreign minister, who is accompanied by Mohammad Rastad,
the deputy minister of Roads & Urban Development and a large
politico-economic delegation comprised of CEOs of entrepreneur companies from
both private and public sectors, also added that he will hold talks with
various Indian officials on visit.
He described Iran-India relations as good even after the
re-imposition of US sanctions, adding "we have a good banking deal with
the Indians that was signed last autumn and after the sanctions, and this
agreement provides the country with the possibility of exporting and importing
in addition to meeting other financial needs [of Iran].”
The Iranian top diplomat further said that the large
economic delegation accompanying him indicates the interest of the Iranian
private sector to grab the opportunity under the unjust sanctions.
He noted that there are many areas for the expansion of
bilateral relations between Iran and India, one of which is Chabahar port. He
added that Indians are interested in investing in Chabahar and in the transit
infrastructure of Iran.
Zarif went on to praise the presence of a large number of
knowledge-based firms accompanying him, saying that those enterprises accompany
him on almost every trip.