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  • Iran prez paid tribute to Mahatma Gandhi

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    After inspecting a guard of honour at the Rashtrapati Bhawan, Iran President Hassan Rouhani paid tribute to Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat in New Delhi today.

    On his first ever visit after assuming charge as the President of Iran in 2013, Rouhani also met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Ram Nath Kovind.

    President Hassan Rouhani had arrived in Hyderabad on February 15 where he addressed a large gathering of Muslim intellectuals and scholars from different schools of thought after performing Friday prayers at the historic Makkah Masjid.

    He had stressed upon the cooperation between India and Iran in a bid to embolden the bilateral ties and also called for unity among Muslims across the world. Religious scholars from different schools of thoughts had participated in the session as well.

    (With Agency Inputs)

  • Iran prez to make first visit to India for 3-days

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    The External Affairs Ministry on Wednesday announced that Iran President Hassan Rouhani will come on a three-day visit to India starting from Thursday at the invitation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and both heavyweights will hold a bilateral meeting in New Delhi on Saturday, during the course of which both sides would review the progress achieved in bilateral relations and also exchange views on regional and international issues of mutual interest, according to a ministry statement.
     
    Rouhani will also call on India President Ram Nath Kovind on Saturday.
     
    According to Iran news reports, Rouhani will first arrive in Hyderabad on Thursday where he will meet the city's Muslim Ulemas. He will also meet Iranian nationals, including students, residing in India.
     
    Citing the Iran president's deputy chief of staff for communications and information Parviz Esmaeili, Irna said following the delegation-level talks on Saturday, both sides will sign a number of agreements.
     
    Business leaders of both sectors are also scheduled to hold a joint meeting to review cooperation opportunities and capacities, according to Esmaeili.
     
    This will be Rouhani's first visit to India after he assumed office in 2013.
     
    It comes after Modi's visit to Tehran in 2016 during which a trilateral agreement on transit and transport was signed between India, Iran and Afghanistan.
     
    India committed $85 million in investment for the development of the Shahid Beheshti Port in Iran's southeastern city of Chabahar.
     
    The first phase of the port was inaugurated by President Rouhani in December last year, a little over a month after the first consignment of wheat from India to Afghanistan was sent via this facility.
     
    The port opens a new strategic transit route between Iran, India, Afghanistan and other Central Asian nations bypassing Pakistan.
     
    India-Iran bilateral trade stood at $12.89 billion in 2016-17, according to figures provided by the External Affairs Ministry.
     
    (With agency inputs)
     
     
     
     
  • Modi, Rouhani signed 9 agreements

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    In order to boost cooperation in key areas of security, trade and energy, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today inked nine pacts with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, including one on double taxation avoidance.

    The two leaders also deliberated on regional situations during their wide-ranging talks.

    "Both heavyweights held substantive & productive discussion on cooperation in trade & investment, energy, connectivity, defence & security & regional issues," External Affairs Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted.

    Addressing a joint press event with Rouhani, PM said the visit by the Iranian president shows how both the sides want to deepen cooperation in key areas, including connectivity.

    While giving the details of weighty conversation, PM said they discussed threats posed by terrorism, drug trafficking and other challenges.

    On his part, Rouhani said, "We are dedicated to fight terrorism and extremism."

    The Iranian president also said that regional conflicts must be resolved through diplomacy and political initiatives.

    PM also praised the way the Iranian leader provided leadership in developing strategically-important Chabahar Port.

    Apart from tax pact, the two sides also exchanged instrument to ratify the extradition treaty as well as to simplify visa process.

    Earlier, Rouhani was given a ceremonial welcome at Rashtrapati Bhavan after which External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj called on Rouhani and discussed various issues with him.

    (With agency inputs)