Iran President Hassan Rouhani arrives in Hyderabad on three-day India visit

Iranian president arrives in India on 3-day state visit

Iranian president arrives in India on 3-day state visit

Before leaving from Tehran, President Rouhani said that during his stay in India he and his accompanying team will discuss with the Indian officials ways to enhance bilateral relations in an array of fields.

President Hassan Rouhani said that officials of the two countries will examine development of relations in areas like economy, culture, communications and information technology, healthcare, industry and agriculture, IRNA news agency reported February 15.

On top of the agenda will be early operationalisation of the Chabahar port, which is strategically located in Iran and gives India access to landlocked Afghanistan.

Rouhani heading a politico-economic delegation departed Tehran for New Delhi on Thursday upon the invitation of the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi.

India committed $85 million in investment for the development of the Shahid Beheshti Port in Iran's southeastern city of Chabahar. India, Afghanistan and Iran have been engaged in trilateral cooperation on Chabahar which will lead to establishment of an "International Transport and Transit corridor between India, Afghanistan and Iran".

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani arrived here on Thursday on a three-day visit to India.

Dr Rouhani is the second Iranian President to visit Hyderabad but is the first Iranian head of state to be accorded the rare distinction of addressing the Jumu'ah congregation.

Since the lifting of Iranian sanctions in 2015, Delhi has sought to capitalise on Iran's location at the tip of the North-South Trade Corridor, a 7,200-kilometer network of shipping lanes, rail and roads linking Central and South Asia with Europe.

Iran is India's third oil supplier. He had come to India as the national security adviser to Iran's President Mohammad Khatami, when they visited India from January 24-28, 2003 as the chief guest at the Republic Day parade and had met then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

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