Published: Sat, January 18, 2020
Global News | By Blake Casey

Iranians were 'lied to' over downed plane, foreign minister admits

Iranians were 'lied to' over downed plane, foreign minister admits

The two heads of government discussed the situation in the region after Iranian general Qassem Soleimani was killed in a drone strike by the United States on January 3, increasing tensions in the volatile region of West Asia.

The meeting was held on the sidelines of the Raisina Dialogue 2020 in New Delhi.

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif accused the United States of "fuelling mayhem" in the Middle East because of its "arrogance and ignorance" as tensions between the two countries peak following the killing of a top military commander Qassen Suleimani. Here, Prime Minister Modi said this during a meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister Jawad Zarif who came to participate in Raisina Dialogue. But we are not interested in negotiating with the US. "If we have a Trump deal, how long will it last, another 10 months?"

Meanwhile, President Rouhani has dismissed a proposal for a new "Trump deal" aimed at resolving a nuclear row, saying it was a "strange" offer and criticising U.S. President Donald Trump for always breaking promises.

A statement issued by PMO said the Prime Minister "reiterated India's continued commitment to developing her strong and friendly relations with Iran".

Zarif acknowledged that the Sayyid Ali Hosseini Khamenei-led government in Tehran had made a mistake and "lied to" its people about the Ukrainian plane crash.

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On the US allegation of Iran possessing "proxies", Zarif said: "The US talks about proxies, do we have proxies in India?"

Zarif blamed the U.S. for violating Iraq's sovereignty while attacking Sulemani, stating that it was an act of "ignorance and arrogance". The US broke it.

On Wednesday, Javad Zarif said India can play a role in de-escalating tensions in the Gulf region as it is an important regional player. "I, as a foreign minister, and the president, we didn't know until Friday afternoon", he said. We need to find a response to this.

Iran retaliated by launching over a dozen ballistic missiles strikes at least two bases where U.S. military and coalition forces are stationed in Iraq.

The minister also said that the two countries can collaborate and complement each other in various other areas as well.

His views were echoed by his Russian counterpart Mr Lavrov, who expressed concerns over the unrest in the region and promised Russia would make efforts to maintain peace.

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