Ties between India-Iran focuses on shared views, says PM Modi

FPJ BureauUpdated: Thursday, May 30, 2019, 12:06 AM IST
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Washington: Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing a joint meeting of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington on Wednesday. PTI Photo by Kamal Kishore(PTI6_8_2016_000205A) |

New Delhi : PM Narendra Modi on Saturday said the MoUs exchanged between India and Iran are reflective of both sides’ strong relations and their commitment towards further strengthening it.

“Today’s outcome and the agreements we signed reflect the progress made in little time. It reflects that both the sides wish to foster bilateral financial support and connectivity, to increase partnership in the field of energy, and to strengthen our centuries-long cultural relations,” Prime Minister Modi said in the joint statement with his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani, here, reports ANI.

Following the delegation-level talks, India and Iran exchanged MoUs in the presence of Prime Minister Modi and Iran President Rouhani. Prime Minister Modi also congratulated Rouhani for his leadership and vision in developing Chabahar Port that would give India access to trade with land-locked Afghanistan.

He further said that co-operation between India and Iran would be beneficial to Afghanistan.

“The two countries want to see our neighbour Afghanistan safe and prosper. We want to see our neighbours free of terrorism,” Modi added.

With mutual cooperation between India and Iran, Prime Minister Modi also wished for both countries’ prosperity and for peace and stability in the region as well as the world.

President of Iran reciprocated the sentiments in his statement and informed that both countries shared views on two crucial issues, namely transit and economy at the delegation-level talks held earlier in the day.

The Indian delegation was led by Prime Minister Modi and included External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar.

The Iranian delegation was led by President Rouhani.

India and Iran sign agreements on connectivity, double taxation avoidance

New Delhi : India and Iran on Saturday signed nine agreements, including on connectivity and double taxation avoidance, following delegation-level talks led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani here.

A lease contract was signed between Port and Maritime Organisation (PMO), Iran, and India Ports Global Limited (IPGL) that envisages IPGL taking over operations of a part of the area of the multipurpose and container terminal of the strategic Chabahar port in Iran for a period of 18 months.

 During Modi’s visit to Tehran in 2016, India, Iran and Afghanistan signed a trilateral agreement to jointly develop the Chabahar port to boost connectivity to landlocked Afghanistan and Central Asian countries.  According to a joint statement issued following the talks, with a view to fully utilise the potential of the Chabahar port and its connectivity to Afghanistan and Central Asia, India conveyed its readiness to support the development of Chabahar-Zahedan Rail line.

 “IRCON, India, and CDTIC, Iran, who are engaged in discussions, were tasked to finalise the technical parameters and financing options for the project in a time bound manner,” the statement said.

“Both leaders encouraged greater efforts for cooperation in railway sector including supply of steel rails, turnouts and locomotives.” The two sides also reiterated their commitment to the International North- South Transport Corridor (INSTC) and stressed on the need for inclusion of Chabahar within its framework.

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