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EAM Jaishankar holds a conversation with Iranian fm, says India deeply concerned about stress levels. Indian News


NEW DELHI: Amid the spiral of tensions between the United States and Iran over the assassination of Iranian military commander Qassim Suleimani, Foreign Minister S Jaishankar on Sunday had a conversation with his Iranian counterpart Javad Zarif and said India remained deeply concerned about levels of tension in the region.

Jaishankar noted that events have taken a very serious turn.

“I just concluded a conversation with FM @JZarif of Iran. He noted that events had taken a very serious turn. India remains deeply concerned about stress levels. We agreed to stay in touch,” the foreign minister tweeted.

The conversation between the two leaders comes days after Iran’s chief military commander, Suleimani, was killed in a U.S. attack.

U.S. President Donald Trump has warned Iran that the United States has identified 52 potential targets in the country and will hit it harder than ever if Tehran, who has promised “severe revenge,” carries out any attack on the United States to avenge Suleimani’s assassination.

Major General Suleimani, 62, head of Iran’s elite Al-Quds force and architect of his regional security apparatus, was killed when a U.S. drone fired missiles at a convoy leaving Baghdad International Airport earlier friday. The attack also killed the deputy chief of Iraq’s powerful paramilitary force Hashed al-Shaabi.

Suleimani’s assassination was the most dramatic escalation to date in spiraling tensions between Iran and the United States.

Times of India