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India, Iran have a common stance on combating terrorism, says Rouhani

India, Iran have a common stance on combating terrorism, says Rouhani

"Both leaders held substantive and productive discussion on cooperation in trade and investment, energy, connectivity, defence and security and regional issues", external affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Saturday signed nine agreements for easing visa norms and boosting cooperation in several sectors.

Post meeting and greeting his Indian counterpart President Ram Nath Kovind at Rashtrapati Bhawan, Rouhani went to pay tribute to Mahatma Gandhi.

Later, addressing a joint press conference with the Iranian president, Modi said both countries wanted to expand bilateral ties and cooperation in economic development.

Continuing the policy of "developing closer ties", former Iranian president Mohammad Khatami visited India in 2003 as the Chief Guest of the Republic Day parade, where he signed "The New Delhi Declaration", in line with the previous resolution in Tehran, further expanding bilateral ties.

International North- South Transport Corridor (INSTC) was also discussed and both sides stressed on the need for inclusion of Chabahar within its framework.

Chabahar, he said, "can change the trade relations game across the region and the world", noting that India had already begun exporting its goods, including wheat, to Afghanistan via the Iranian port city.

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India badly wants the port developed, believing it will help India gain access to war-torn Afghanistan, where India is involved in rebuilding efforts.

He offered Rouhani New Delhi's support to build a rail link from Chabahar to Zahedan on Iran-Afghanistan border to realize the full potential of the port.

He also said Tehran would welcome a more active presence of Indian companies in Iran.

Modi welcomed Rouhani at the Hyderabad House here ahead of delegation-level talks between the two sides.

New Delhi has allowed investment in Indian rupees in Iran.

The two countries to boost cooperation in key areas of security, trade and energy. "All military centres were in total control of the US", Rouhani said. "We are ready for trilateral and multilateral contracts so that this transit route through Chabahar Port turns into a strategic route to consolidate regional ties", said Rouhani, as he and Modi jointly addressed media-persons after the meeting. But now Iran and Russian Federation seemingly have differences with India with the former perceiving the Islamic State as the bigger threat in Afghanistan than the Taliban.

He also slammed the USA for trying to control the destiny of Iranians.


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