Herald: Rouhani to pay 3-day visit to India from today

Rouhani to pay 3-day visit to India from today

15 Feb 2018 06:02am IST
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15 Feb 2018 06:02am IST

PTI, NEW DELHI/HYDERABAD:  India and Iran will discuss regional and international issues of "mutual interest" during a three-day visit of Iranian president Hassan Rouhani starting Thursday.

Announcing the state visit by the Iranian president, the external affairs ministry said Rouhani and Prime Minister Narendra Modi will review the progress achieved in bilateral relations.

Official sources in Hyderabad said Rouhani will arrive at Begumpet Airport tomorrow afternoon and will be received by Union Minister of State for power R K Singh. 

He will later address Muslim intellectuals, scholars and clerics.

This will be the first visit to India by Rouhani after taking charge as the Iranian president in August 2013.

"During the forthcoming visit of the president of Iran, both sides would review the progress achieved in bilateral relations and also exchange views on regional and international issues of mutual interest," the ministry said in a release.

In New Delhi, apart from holding extensive talks with Modi and other Indian leaders on key bilateral and regional issues, the Iranian leader is also scheduled to deliver a special address at the Observer Research Foundation (ORF) on Saturday.

During the meetings, Rouhani and Indian leaders will discuss "the latest regional and global developments and the finalisation and exploitation of Chabahar port as soon as possible...," an Iranian media report said ahead of the visit.

This "can be very effective for bilateral trade in the region and mutual access of Afghanistan to regional and international markets", it said.

During Modi's bilateral visit to Iran in 2016, nearly a dozen pacts were signed between the two countries.

The Trilateral Transit Agreement (Chabahar Agreement) was also signed by transport ministers of India, Iran and Afghanistan in the presence of Modi, Rouhani and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani.

The contract entails capital investment of USD 85 million by India for equipping Chabahar port in south-eastern Iran.

The strategically important port will open up the transit route for India to Iran and Afghanistan, bypassing Pakistan.

India and Iran have robust economic and commercial ties covering many sectors.

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