EAM Jaishankar has a conversation with Iranian FM, says India is deeply concerned about tension levels

NEW DELHI: Amid the spiraling tensions between the United States and Iran over the assassination of Iranian military commander Qassim Suleimani, the foreign minister had a conversation on Sunday with his Iranian counterpart Javad Zarif and said India was still deeply concerned about the tension levels in the region.

Jaishankar noted that events have taken a very serious turn.

I just concluded a conversation with FM @JZarif from Iran. He noted that events have taken a very serious turn. India remains deeply concerned about tension levels. We agreed to stay in touch, the Foreign Minister tweeted.

The conversation between the two leaders comes days after Iran's main military commander, Suleimani, was killed in an American attack.

The president of the United States, Donald Trump, warned Iran that the United States has identified 52 possible targets in the country and will hit it harder than ever if Tehran, who has promised severe revenge, carries out any attack against the United States to avenge the murder of Suleimani.

Major General Suleimani, 62, head of Iran's elite al-Quds force and architect of his regional security apparatus, died when an American drone fired missiles at a convoy leaving Baghdad International Airport on Friday early. The attack also killed the deputy chief of the powerful paramilitary force Hashed al-Shaabi of Iraq.

Suleimani's assassination was the most dramatic escalation in spiral tensions between Iran and the United States.