India Eyes Enhanced Ties

India Eyes Enhanced Ties  India Eyes Enhanced Ties

Foreign Secretary of India Subrahmanyam Jaishankar expressed hope Iran and the major powers would reach a final agreement to resolve the long-running dispute over Tehran's nuclear program soon, saying such an accord could prepare the ground for expansion of bilateral ties.

The Indian diplomat made the remarks in a meeting with Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in Tehran on Saturday, IRNA reported.  The Indian foreign secretary is the top diplomat for Indian foreign relations, appointed in the Ministry of External Affairs.

India's priority areas for cooperation include trade, energy and transportation, said the diplomat, who announced firm resolve on the part of his government to improve relations with the Islamic Republic.

Referring to opportunities for increased cooperation in the southeastern port of Chabahar, Jaishankar said New Delhi eyes collaboration in developing the port in such fields as power generation, petrochemicals and railroads.

Zarif pointed to the well-established relations between the two countries and said there are many opportunities for enhancing Tehran-New Delhi ties more than ever before in various fields especially energy. "Iran's doors are open for India to increase cooperation," he noted.

The minister also urged the international community to play an effective role to help nuclear negotiations between Iran and the major powers produce a final accord, instead of merely observing the developments in talks.  

Negotiators from Iran and the six major powers known as the P5+1 (the United States, Britain, France, China, Russia and Germany) are in talks to draft the text of a long-term nuclear deal with a view to finalizing the work by the end of this month.