India-Iran ink nine pacts, PM Modi appreciates President Rouhani’s leadership in developing Chabahar

Hassan Rouhani in India: PM Modi appreciated Rouhani on his leadership in developing strategically-important Chabahar Port. Rouhani said, "We are determined to combat terrorism and extremism."

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: February 17, 2018 3:55 pm
India-Iran ink nine pacts, PM Modi appriciates President Rouhani leadership India-Iranian ministers share agreements as two leaders look on. (Source: Twitter/RaveeshKumar)

India and Iran inked nine pacts on Friday after Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani held ‘substantive’ talks to boost cooperation. The key pacts were signed in the areas of security, trade and energy as the two leaders deliberated on regional developments during their meeting.

Rouhani reached New Delhi on Friday evening, after visiting Hyderabad where he offered Friday prayers at the Qutub Shahi tomb. The Iranian President on Saturday was received by Modi and President Ram Nath Kovind at the Rashtrapati Bhawan.

Addressing a joint press conference post their meeting, Rouhani said that the emerging regional conflicts must be solved with diplomacy and political initiatives. Modi appreciated Rouhani on his leadership in developing strategically-important Chabahar Port. Rouhani said, “We are determined to combat terrorism and extremism.”

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PM Modi, giving details of the bilateral agreements signed between the two nations, said the visit by the Iranian president shows how the two sides want to deepen cooperation in key areas, including connectivity. The two leaders also discussed threats posed by terrorism, drug trafficking and other challenges. Apart from signing agreements on security and energy, the two nations also exchanged instrument to ratify the extradition treaty and to simplify the visa process between the two countries.

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Following the meeting, MEA Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said, “Both leaders held a substantive and productive discussion on cooperation in trade & investment, energy, connectivity, defence & security & regional issues.” Earlier, Rouhani chose to begin his three-day visit to India from Hyderabad as the city has a long history of cultural and religious ties with Iran.

Here are the nine pacts signed between the two countries: 

MoU on Cooperation in the field of Agriculture and Allied Sectors, MoU on the establishment of an Expert Group on Trade Remedy Measures to promote cooperation in areas of mutual interest, Exchange of Instrument of Ratification of Extradition Treaty, MoU on Cooperation in the field of Traditional Systems of Medicine, Lease Contract for Shahid Beheshti Port- Phase 1 of Chabahar, MoU on Exemption from Visa requirement for holders of Diplomatic Passports, MoU on Avoidance of Double Taxation and the Prevention of Fiscal Evasion, Pact on Health and Medicine and MoU on Postal Cooperation.

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  1. S
    Feb 18, 2018 at 6:05 pm
    India's critical interest is the revival of agreements languishing for years on access to oil and natural gas exploration in Iran. Obviously Iran is smart enough to avoid this issue being resolved!!
    1. Ram Anand
      Feb 17, 2018 at 7:10 pm
      m The trouble with India is that it tries to hunt with the hounds and run with the hare, to be on everybody's side, to have its cake and eat it too, to sit on the fence, to try to win favours from the USA and Israel while refusing to give them anything or side decisively with them. This means India ends up with no friends who can help it when it is in real trouble and China invades. Iran is a fake friend for India. It is talking about collaborating with China and Pakistan in the Chabahar port. Iran wants to do deals with China and Pakistan in Afghanistan. India devalues its friendship with the USA for some unreal gains in Iran. America gets the impression India is not serious, and will sacrifice India to do a deal with China.
      1. T
        Feb 17, 2018 at 6:43 pm
        Modi is Best PM Outside India but within India people are killed for food they eat ...
        1. Arun Kumar
          Feb 17, 2018 at 5:19 pm
          Narendra Modi's Sab ka Sath Sab Ka Vikas may not be succeeded in India but it succeeded abroad with other countries dia ahas best PM and Foreign Minister so far as our relation with other countries.
          1. S
            sanjay bhattacharya
            Feb 17, 2018 at 6:51 pm
            Mr. Arun Kumar, What makes you think that Modi may not succeed in India? After 2014 BJP is winning election after election in the name of Modi. Indian Express may have specialised in anti-Modi news but that does not mean Modi's popularity has decreased. India is lucky to get a sefless PM like him. Modi is like a lion. Comparing him with a braimless man Rahul Gandhi is like comparing a lion with a mouse.