He further said that India is a very dear friend of Iran. Iran incurred hundreds of billions of dollars in damages because of current tensions, Zarif said.
"But if India wants a role in preventing further escalation, in bringing the U.S. back to the negotiating table instead, the joint commission [for dispute resolution in the deal] is there". And if we did, we don't have political problems with India.
"So the 21st century is the time when we must get rid of any methods of dealing in worldwide relations which smack of colonial and neo-colonial times".
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson called on Tuesday for U.S. President Donald Trump to replace the Iranian nuclear deal with his own new pact to ensure the Islamic Republic does not get an atomic weapon. Since then, Washington persuaded New Delhi to halt imports of crude oil from Iran. The Iranian Foreign Minister's visit to India is considered important for several reasons. If Iran can offer any assistance, we offer our help but we don't want to intervene. So, US needs to think again about our region. They learned about it only two days later, he said.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that his country has many interests in maintaining peace and stability in the Middle East region. We don't want to put our friends in a hard situation.
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Raising the possibility of engaging in barter trade, especially in agricultural produce, he said: "We need to find mechanisms for exchange without going to the bank".
Zarif also asked India to open bank branches in Iran, in the Chabahar free zone, or in Tehran, "hopefully both", which would enable Iranian and Indian businessmen to transact in national currencies.
Lashing out at the Trump administration for killing Soleimani, whom he described as ISIS's strongest opponent in Iran, Zarif said: "Who is celebrating Soleimani's death?" As per recent reports, India has already boosted its imports of crude oil from the USA after it stepped up its sanctions against Iran.
Sulemani, the head of Iran's elite Quds Force, was killed in a drone strike by USA forces outside Baghdad airport in early January, leading to fraught relations across the region. The prospect of wider regional unrest, had an effect on stock markets across Asia as well, as markets have been on the edge.