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New Delhi: A press report in Iran revealed that New Delhi was interested in inking a preferential trade agreement with Tehran once the global embargo related to trade was lifted.

“We have a good relationship with Iran. It is a good market for us in the long term,” the Economic Times newspaper quoted a “senior” commerce department official as saying.

If the agreement is sealed then it would be the first of its kind in India. Though the trade pact is in a conceptual stage, both India and Islamic Republic of Iran had expressed deep eagerness in the deal. However, no formal negotiations had been initiated.

New Delhi’s eagerness comes at a time when the Obama administration is slated to lift the embargo in January next year. Notably, the report filed by the nuclear watchdog of the United Nation said that there was a dearth of evidence that could prove that Iran was carrying out the process of uranium enrichment for developing nuclear arms. They had successfully justified its activities of the hard-water plants as well.

Earlier, the Manmohan Singh government in India had failed to implement the project of a gas pipeline which also involved Pakistan. It had allegedly irked the Tehran.

However, the Iran and the six-nations talks on the nuclear deals and the IAEA’s reports had cornered Tehran.

India had not explored the West Asian market before due to obvious reasons. Civil wars, militancy and religious fundamentalism in the west Asian counties did hinder business strategies.

However, currently India is spreading its market globally under the stewardship of Narendra Modi. The deal with the country would definitely provide a foothold to explore markets in the region.

Besides exporting chemicals, agricultural goods and automobile spares to Iran, India ranks second in importing crude oil from them.

A deal with them would not only be profitable for India, but it would bolster the economy of the country.

(With inputs from ET)

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Facebook Removes Pages, Fake Accounts Linked to Iran

Facebook said about 1.02 million accounts followed at least one of these Pages, about 25,000 accounts joined at least one of these Groups, and more than 28,000 accounts followed at least one of these Instagram accounts

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Facebook has removed 82 Pages, Groups and accounts for what it calls “coordinated inauthentic behaviour” that originated in Iran and targeted people in the US and Britain.

“While we have found no ties to the Iranian government, we can’t say for sure who is responsible,” Nathaniel Gleicher, Head of Cybersecurity Policy at Facebook said in a statement on Friday.

The people behind these Pages and accounts represented themselves as US citizens, or in a few cases UK citizens — and they posted about politically charged topics such as race relations, opposition to the US President, and immigration on Facebook and Instagram.

Facebook said its threat intelligence team first detected this activity one week ago and conducted an internal investigation.

“Despite attempts to hide their true identities, a manual review of these accounts linked their activity to Iran,” Gleicher said.

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The activities on Facebook were revealed just weeks before the midterm election in the US and while a heated Brexit debate continues in Britain.

“Given the elections, we took action as soon as we’d completed our initial investigation and shared the information with US and UK government officials, US law enforcement, Congress, other technology companies and the Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab,” Gleicher said.

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Facebook said about 1.02 million accounts followed at least one of these Pages, about 25,000 accounts joined at least one of these Groups, and more than 28,000 accounts followed at least one of these Instagram accounts.

This is not the first time Facebook has removed Pages and accounts linked to Iran. In August, the social network removed 600 Pages and accounts originating from Russia and Iran for engaging in “inauthentic behaviour”. (IANS)