Iran-India historical ties beyond diplomatic cooperation: President Rouhani

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani addresses the gathering after offering prayers at Makkah Masjid in Hyderabad on Friday. All India Majlis-eIttehad-ul Muslimeen chief Asaduddin Owaisi is also seen in the

During his visit, both Iran and India will review the progress achieved in bilateral relations and also exchange views on regional and global issues of mutual interest.

Among the nine agreements signed between the two countries are issues like easing visa rules and cooperation on medical sector, apart from a maritime agreement on Chabahar Port development.

The pacts were signed after "substantive" talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and visiting Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in New Delhi.

President Rouhani said that India and Iran will see development in energy, petroleum and gas sectors, reports NDTV.

Heading a ranking diplomatic and economic delegation, Rouhani began his 3-day visit to India with a trip to Hyderabad on Thursday.

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.

"India fully supports the accession of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the World Trade Organization and the ongoing consensus building efforts among WTO members to reactivate the accession process, consistent with the objective of making the Organization universal and inclusive", it said.




Modi and Rouhani also released a joint postage stamp depicting Deendayal Port, Kandla and Shahid Beheshti Terminal, Chabahar, that reflected the enhanced prosperity through greater connectivity.

Iran, he added, can provide the energy resources India is in need of by entering into long-term strategic agreements with New Delhi.

New Delhi is keen that the gas from the field comes to India to feed the vast energy needs and, therefore, OVL in its United States dollars 11 billion master development plan (MDP) proposed drilling wells in Persian Gulf to produce gas, transport it to onshore via sub-sea pipeline and build a plant to liquefy the gas (LNG) for transportation in ships.

Iran calls for expansion of relations in various commercial, economic, academic and technological know-how between the two countries; he said and underlined the importance of transit of goods as well as energy for both sides.

He also said Tehran would welcome a more active presence of Indian companies in Iran. According to New Delhi, Iran has shifted the goalposts several times since the start of negotiations on the deal in 2007. For hundreds of years, important works in philosophy, literature, politics and even judicial decrees were written in the Farsi language and many scholars believe more Farsi manuscripts exist in Indian libraries than in Iranian ones.

He said the USA sought to control the lives of Iranians and even tried to stop the 1979 Islamic revolution.

"Iran and India have a common stance on confronting terrorism and extremism, and we are determined to confront terrorism and extremism through culture and the exchange of information and experience", he said in a statement to the media.

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