Monday, May 23rd, 2016

Iran visit: Modi holds delegation-level talks with Iranian President

Narada Desk | May 23, 2016 11:17 am Print
Ahead of the talks, Modi and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani held a "restricted" meeting

India and Iran held delegation-level bilateral talks on Monday, the second day of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the Gulf nation.

“Deliberating the details of diplomacy. The leaders lead formal delegation level talks between India and Iran,” external affairs ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup tweeted.

Ahead of the talks, Modi and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani held a “restricted” meeting.

The prime minister, who arrived in Tehran on Sunday evening, was accorded a ceremonial welcome on Monday morning.

India, Iran and Afghanistan will sign an agreement today to develop the Chabahar port in this Persian Gulf nation.

Connectivity, energy security and bilateral trade are on top of Modi’s agenda during his visit which comes a little over a month-and-a-half after his trip to Saudi Arabia.

The prime minister will also inaugurate an Indian cultural festival in Iran.

Modi will also hold talks with the country’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Sayyid Ali Hosseini Khamenei.

The prime minister’s visit comes four months after the sanctions on Iran were lifted and the international community is re-engaging with the nation.

Earlier, he  was  given ceremonial welcome by President Hassan Rouhani in Tehran.

“Stepping forward with Iran. Official engagements begin with a ceremonial welcome by Rouhani,” external affairs ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup said in a tweet.

“Building an enduring partnership. Modi and Rouhani exchange ideas at a restricted tete-a-tete,” he added.

 

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