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Iran to welcome any Indian peace initiative to reduce tensions with US: Iranian News Envoy – India


NEW DELHI: Iran will welcome any Indian peace initiative to reduce its tensions with the United States after the assassination of Iranian military commander Qasem Soleimani, the Iranian envoy said here Wednesday.

His comments come hours after Iran launched missile strikes on two U.S. military bases in Iraq in retaliation for the assassination of its superior commander, General Qassem Soleimani.

“India often plays a very good role in (maintaining) peace in the world. At the same time, India belongs to this region. We welcome all initiatives from all countries, especially India as a good friend to us, so as not to allow an escalation (of tensions),” the Iranian ambassador to India, Ali Chegeni, told reporters after a meeting of condolences according to Solemani at the country’s embassy.

“We are not in favor of war, we are seeking peace and prosperity for all in this region. We welcome any Indian initiative or any project that can help peace and prosperity in this world,” he said.

On the Iranian attack on U.S. targets in Iraq, Chegeni said his country retaliated under his right to defend himself.

Amid the spiral of tensions between the United States and Iran over soleimani’s assassination, Foreign Minister S Jaishankar on Sunday had a conversation with his Iranian counterpart Javad Zarif and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo , expressing India’s concern about escalating tensions.

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