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PM Modi embarks on two-day visit to Iran; enhancing trade, investments top priority

Prime Minister Modi’s visit will mainly focus on connectivity and infrastructure, energy partnership with Tehran and boosting bilateral trade.

By: ANI | New Delhi | Updated: May 22, 2016 5:07 pm
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday left on a two-day official visit to Iran at the invitation of President Hassan Rouhani.

Prime Minister Modi earlier on Sunday said that he was looking forward to the conclusion of the trilateral Chabahar agreement, a deal which opens up a route to land-locked Afghanistan with which New Delhi has developed close security and economic ties.

Stating that his meeting with President Rouhani and Supreme Leader of Iran Ayatollah Ali Khamenei would provide an opportunity to advance the strategic partnership between the two nations, he asserted that enhancing connectivity, trade, investments, energy partnership, culture and people to people contacts would be his priority.

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Prime Minister Modi’s visit will mainly focus on connectivity and infrastructure, energy partnership with Tehran and boosting bilateral trade.

It will help in promoting regular consultations on peace and stability, particularly in the region and extended neighbourhood.

India, Iran and Afghanistan will sign an agreement on developing Chabahar port on May 23.

The port will be a game changer for regional connectivity, especially for Afghanistan, which can find an assured and reliable alternative access to India via sea.

The route will also significantly enhance prospects for India’s connectivity with Afghanistan, Central Asia and beyond through synergies with other initiatives touching the region such as North-South transport corridor.

Prime Minister Modi’s first tour to Iran will feature discussions on terrorism in the region as well as on India’s desire to secure energy assets for a fast growing economy.

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    Split wide
    May 22, 2016 at 1:56 pm
    Another world trip followed by many election rally . Hope Raghuram Rajan sticks around.
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      Split wide
      May 22, 2016 at 1:54 pm
      another trip
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        Charles
        May 22, 2016 at 1:35 pm
        All the best PM and note that there will always be Iran and France on our sides - even when we had the nuclear sanctions in place. Hope you have a very successful meetings both with President Han and the gentleman leader who is none other - Supreme Leader - Ayatollah Khamenei. May the visit benefit the people of Iran first before we share the same with them. The Iranians have suffered a lot and hope they will earn the fruits of patience very soon. People of India are right behind you for every decision you take.
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          sai
          May 22, 2016 at 12:06 pm
          What a dynamic kohinoor the country is finally gifted with to lift it from the chaos and the mess made by the decades long mis-governance. lt;br/gt;NATION SALUTE YOU DEAR PM. YOU KEPT OUR SELF ESTEEM AND CONFIDENCE LEVEL SO HIGH THAT WE COULDN'T EVEN IMAGINE IN OUR DISTANT DREAM TWO YEARS BACK.
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            Vedic_Citizen
            May 22, 2016 at 12:08 pm
            Best of luck. We look forward to your historic visit to Israel too
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