Zarif meets NSA Doval, briefs on Gulf region situation

Iran's Javad Zarif briefs NSA Ajit Doval about situation of Guld region

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif on Wednesday met National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and gave him a firsthand account of the situation prevailing in the Gulf region, sources said.

The overall security scenario figured prominently in the talks, they said.

The deliberations between them come amid the global focus on Iran and the US over the confrontation between the two countries following the killing of Iranian Maj Gen Qasem Soleimani.

India has been maintaining that it would like the situation to de-escalate as soon as possible and the country has been in touch with key players, including Iran, United Arab Emirates, Oman, and Qatar, as it has important interests in the region.

Maj Gen Soleimani, the head of Iran's elite al-Quds force, was killed when a US drone fired missiles on his convoy in Iraq on January 3.

Last week, Iran launched over a dozen ballistic missiles targeting at least two bases where US military and coalition forces are stationed in Iraq.

Soleimani's killing has been the most dramatic escalation yet in the spiraling tensions between Iran and the US. 

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