PM Modi leaves the country for official visit to Iran
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday left for Iran on a two-day official visit, during which the trilateral agreement between India, Iran and Afghanistan to develop the Chabahar port in the Gulf nation will be signed.
"PM @narendramodi leaves for Iran in a visit aimed at furthering cooperation and boosting people to people ties," the Prime Minister's Office tweeted.
Modi will be accorded an official welcome in Tehran on Monday following which he will proceed meetings with Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Sayyid Ali Hosseini Khamenei and President Hassan Rouhani.
Connectivity, energy security and bilateral trade are on top of Modi's agenda list during his visit to the country of Iran which comes a little over a month and a half of his trip to Saudi Arabia. Prime Minister Modi's main focus being on connectivity and infrastructure, energy partnership with Tehran and boosting bilateral trade will help in promoting regular consultations on peace and stability, particularly in the region and extended neighbourhood.
Prime Minister Modi's first tour to Iran will feature discussions on terrorism in the region as well as on India's desire to secure energy assets for a fast growing economy.
During the visit, the Prime Minister will meet Supreme Leader of Iran Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and President Hassan Rouhani on Monday. Talks will be held on security and peace issues between the Indian Prime Minister and Iranian President during their meeting.
Developing connectivity, infrastructure and encouraging people to people contacts will be the other priorities of Prime Minister's visit to the Gulf nation.
India, Iran and Afghanistan will sign an agreement on developing Chabahar port on May 23. The port will be a game changer for regional connectivity, especially for Afghanistan, which can find an assured and reliable alternative access to India via sea. The route will also significantly enhance prospects for India's connectivity with Afghanistan, Central Asia and beyond through synergies with other initiatives touching the region such as North-South transport corridor.
The prime minister will also be seen inaugurating an Indian cultural festival in Iran on Monday which reflects the cultural exchange among the two Nation representatives.