FM: Iran predicted 'suspicious sabotage acts' would occur

Iran slammed 'suspicious developments' in the region aimed at creating tension, saying his country had predicted that such actions would occur.

“In this meeting, concern about suspicious actions and sabotage in the region was talked about, and we said that we had previously predicted that such actions would occur to create tensions in the region,” said Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif following talks with his Indian counterpart Sushma Swaraj in New Delhi on Tuesday. 

He was referring to incidents with several oil tankers in the Fujeira Port of the United Arab Emirates that left four vessels damaged in what was described 'sabotage acts'. 

Tehran denounced the incident on Monday, calling for investigation into the causes of what happened in the Emirati port. 

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Abbas Mousavi also warned about 'plots by ill-wishers to undermine stability and security in the region'.

Zarif travelled to India on Tuesday in a bid to hold talks with Indian authorities over several regional issues such as the nuclear deal, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), as well as the peace process in Afghanistan. 

'India shares common views with Iran in many aspects and holding such negotiations is necessary for bilateral relations,' Zarif stressed.

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