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Pres. Rouhani: Iran, India to discuss regional issues

Pres. Rouhani: Iran, India to discuss regional issues

President Hassan Rouhani was seen off at the airport by the First Vice-President Dr Jahangiri and the Advisor to the Supreme Leader in International Affairs, Dr Velayati.

(AhlulBayt News Agency) - President Rouhani left for the Republic of India Thursday morning, 15 February 2018, for an official three-day visit to the country at the Indian Prime Minister's official invitation.

President Hassan Rouhani was seen off at the airport by the First Vice-President Dr Jahangiri and the Advisor to the Supreme Leader in International Affairs, Dr Velayati.

In this visit that is taking place to deepen bilateral relations in response to the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's last year visit to Tehran, Dr Hassan Rouhani will first arrive in Hyderabad, and then head for New Delhi.

The president said at Mehrabad Airport: "The visit is taking place in response to the honourable Indian Prime Minister’s last year visit to Tehran. In addition to meeting with the prime minister and president and some other officials, cooperation agreements will be signed between government officials of the two countries and entrepreneurs and businesspeople”.

Dr Rouhani added: "In addition to these programmes, we will meet with Islamic elites of India to explain our foreign policy, and we will have speeches and meet with Islamic scholars and Muslims in this country”.

The president said: “Basically, Iran's relations with India are fundamentally important for both countries. The two sides have historical and long-standing relations that have always relied on cultural and scientific interactions between the two countries”.

Dr Rouhani pointed out that Persian language was one of the most common languages ​​in entire Indian subcontinent a few centuries back and had an effective role in expanding and deepening the scientific and cultural interactions of both sides.

“In addition to these, the two countries have had economic, cultural, communications, telecommunication, health, industry, and agricultural ties, which will continue and further develop” continued Rouhani.

Dr Rouhani mentioned transit as one of the most important issues for the two countries and said: “Development of Chabahar Port and linking India through this to Afghanistan and Central Asia is very important for both countries”.

The president added that recently the new phase of the development of Shahid Beheshti Port was opened in Chabahar with representatives of 17 countries taking part, adding: “At this stage, the capacity of Chabahar Port increased to 8.5 million tons, and, of course, other developmental phases in this port will be executed”.

Dr Rouhani said: "Another topic of our negotiations on this trip will be the transit route and development of further cooperation in this field and investment in the development of Chabahar Port and Chabahar-Zahedan railway, which are very important for both countries”.

The president added: "In addition, the two countries have common views and concerns about the regional issues and developments that are taking place in the countries of the region, as well as terrorism in the region. Both countries are significant members of the Non-Aligned Movement and will be discussing international, global and the developing world’s issues”.

“This visit is divided into two parts. The first part is visit to Hyderabad, which will be mainly cultural, and we will meet with Shia and Sunni scholars and Muslims in Hyderabad and will meet with Iranians, many of whom have long been living in India. We will also visit a number of historical centres”.

The president said that the visit to Hyderabad was mostly cultural and visit to Delhi mainly political and economic, adding: "In general, the important relations between the two countries are on the right track. India's Prime Minister Modi's visit to Tehran was important in developing relations, and I hope that this visit serves to further deepen these ties and that we can have a better future in relations with the countries of the region, including India”.

Dr Rouhani is accompanied by the Head of Presidential Office, the Vice-President for Economic Affairs, and ministers of foreign affairs, economy, industry, mining and trade, and petroleum.



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