Deputy Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council Ali Bageri: Iran, P5+1 Moscow talks were “serious and constructive”; Iran, India discuss development of Iranian ports; Report: India wants Iranian ships to transport oil beginning next month
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  • According to reports, following the first day of the third round of talks between P5+1 and Iran in Moscow on June 18, 2012, the Deputy Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council has said that the talks were “serious and constructive”. Ali Bageri added that both Iran and the West needed to take reciprocal steps to further facilitate talks and stressed Iran’s right to nuclear enrichment as a signatory to the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). 1

    Meanwhile, reports noted that in a series of meetings between the Iranian and Indian private sector organizations, both sides have discussed investment in the development of Iranian ports. The Head of Tehran’s Chamber of Commerce called for stronger foreign partnership with Iranian firms in the country’s ports development projects. 2

    Separately, according to reports, with European sanctions likely to cripple shipping of Iranian oil from next month, India has said that it wants to use Iran’s shipping lines to transport oil. India’s Oil Ministry has proposed that Iran ship the crude oil in their own ships, thereby absolving the importer of the liability of insurance cover for the carrier and the oil. 3

    • 1. “Iran, P5+1 Moscow talks "serious, constructive" – official”, Islamic Republic of Iran News Network, June 18, 2012
    • 2. “Tehran, New Delhi discuss development of Iranian ports”, Fars News Agency website, June 19, 2012
    • 3. “India wants Iranian ships to transport oil – PTI”, PTI news agency, New Delhi, June 22, 2012