Indian PM calls for expansion of relations with Iran

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh called for the expansion of relations with Iran in all spheres during a meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in New Delhi on Friday.

Iran plays a “strategic role” in the security of the region, Ansari said, adding that India and Iran should expand their relations.

Ansari pointed to the affinities and historical relations of the two countries and emphasized the need to expand bilateral ties.

Iran’s Foreign minister Zarif on Netanyahu

As the negotiations proceeded in Geneva, the Israeli premier, Binyamin Netanyahu, warned against any agreement that left the Iranian nuclear programme in place. He said: “I believe adopting the proposals is a mistake of historic proportions. They must be rejected outright.”

Asked about Netanyahu’s comments, Zarif said: “I don’t think he’s an authority on mistakes because he’s been making mistakes for his entire life. He’s been calling the Iranian programme six months away from a nuclear weapon since 1991, so I don’t consider him a credible authority.”