Published: Thu, February 15, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Iran-India ties developing on right, positive path

Iran-India ties developing on right, positive path

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani will arrive in Hyderabad on Thursday evening as part of his three-day India visit during which the two countries will discuss regional and global issues of mutual interest.

Speaking to reporters before embarking on his first official visit to India since taking office in 2013, President Rouhani said Iran and India have strong historical relations in various fields. The port is about 72 km from the Pakistani port of Gwadar, which China is developing, Reuters wrote in a report on Rouhani's visit.

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

"There are a number of projects for expansion of ties in the pipeline that not only will be in the interests of both nations but also in the interest of the region", Iran's ambassador to India, Gholamreza Ansari, was quoted as saying by Reuters in a recent speech. The oil and gas cooperation will be the other issue on the table.

While the details are unclear as to why Dr Rouhani chose to land in Hyderabad first, sources maintain that it is because Hyderabad has a deep Iranian influence on every sphere of life.

Rouhani will arrive in the southern city of Hyderabad on Thursday, where he will address a Muslim congregation. He will be given a ceremonial welcome at the Rashtrapati Bhavan before his meeting with PM Modi.

The president maintained that one of the key objectives of his India visit is the Chabahar agreement, which has been described as a game changer for regional connectivity, creating a regional trade, investment and transportation hub with links from the Indian Ocean to Central Asia.

Based on the agreement India has pledged to invest $85 million in equipment of Chabahar port which opens up the transit route for the country to Iran and Afghanistan, bypassing Pakistan.

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