Sushma, Iran’s Zarif discuss ways to deal with US sanctions

United Nations, Sep 27 External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif discussed ways to tackle US sanctions against Tehran amidst American President Donald Trump issuing dire warnings at the Security Council against violating the embargo.

Zarif told Sushma Swaraj about Iran’s interaction with the European Union (EU) and other countries over the sanctions, according to Kumar.

India and Iran “shared each others’ position about where we stand at this point of time” on the sanctions, External Affairs Ministry spokesman Raveesh Kumar told reporters after the Ministers’ meeting on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly session here on Wednesday.

Trump said that the sanctions against Iran will come into full force in November and warned “any individual who fail to comply with these sanctions will face full consequences”.

Kumar said that India was engaged with all the stakeholders dealing with the sanctions and, therefore, it discussed it with Iran also.

The spokesman said that Iran and India had “civilisational ties” going back in time and the discussions went beyond the sanctions issue.

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