PM Modi stresses India and Iran should work to accelerate exchanges in post-COVID era

New Delhi: Foreign Minister of Iran Hossein Amirabdollahian, who is on an official visit to India, paid a courtesy call on Prime Minister Narendra Modi last evening. Welcoming the dignitary, Mr Modi warmly recalled the long-standing civilizational and cultural links between India and Iran. The two leaders discussed ongoing bilateral cooperation initiatives. The Prime Minister stressed that both countries should work to accelerate exchanges in the post-COVID era.

Mr Modi requested the Iran Foreign Minister to also transmit his greetings to President Ebrahim Raisi and looked forward to meeting the President of Iran at an early date.

Later in a tweet, Mr Modi said, he was happy to receive Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian for a useful discussion on further development of Centuries-old civilizational links between India and Iran. He said, our relations have mutually benefited both the countries and have promoted regional security and prosperity.

Earlier, External Affairs Minister Dr S. Jaishankar held wide-ranging discussion with his Iranian counterpart Dr. Hossein Amir-Abdollahian in New Delhi. They reviewed the bilateral cooperation, including in trade, connectivity, health and people to people ties.

The Ministers also exchanged views on global and regional issues including Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, Afghanistan and Ukraine. Both Ministers witnessed signing of an agreement on mutual legal assistance in civil and commercial matters.

Both sides acknowledged the significance of bilateral cooperation in the field of regional connectivity and reviewed the progress made at the Shahid Beheshti terminal, Chabahar port.

They agreed that the Chabahar Port has provided much-needed sea access to landlocked Afghanistan and has also emerged as a commercial transit hub for the region, including for Central Asia.

They reaffirmed their commitment to continue to cooperate on the development of Chabahar Port. Teams from both countries will be meeting soon to address operational aspects.

Dr. Hossein is also scheduled to visit Mumbai and Hyderabad.

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