Iran, India discuss ways to expand ties, develop Chabahar Port
Iranian President Ebrahim Raeisi, and Indian Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, have discussed the ways to enhance bilateral relations, mutual cooperation and the realization of the full potential of Chabahar Port.
In a phone conversation on Friday, Raeisi said Iran and India should specifically expand cooperation in the fields of transit and energy security.
The Iranian president underscored more interaction on the North-South Corridor.
"The Islamic Republic of Iran seeks to strengthen regional convergence and develop economic relations with all countries across the globe, particularly those in Asia, in this regard," Raeisi said.
The president said Tehran and New Delhi both enjoy experiences in history that make for proper grounds for the expansion of ties at various levels.
The Indian prime minister, for his part, condemned the terrorist attack on the Shah Cheragh shrine in the Iranian city of Shiraz and extended his sympathy with the Iranian government, nation and the bereaved.
On August 13, a gunman started shooting at people at the Shah Cheragh holy shrine, killing at least two people and injuring several others. He was arrested at the scene and handed over to investigators for interrogation.
Modi hailed long-term cooperation with Iran and said the implementation of the joint project of Chabahar Port and turning it into a connectivity hub would lead to the region's development. He said India was ready to finalize the documents pertaining to the completion of the project.
And India's Ministry of External Affairs said in a press release that Raeisi and Modi discussed matters of bilateral and regional importance.
According to the ministry, the Indian prime minister said the relationship between Tehran and New Delhi is "underpinned by close historic and civilizational connections, including strong people-to-people contacts."
The two sides also exchanged views about cooperation at multilateral forums including expansion of the BRICS grouping of emerging economies ahead of its summit in Johannesburg, South Africa, on August 22-24.
Iran is looking to join BRICS, the influential group of developing economies consisting of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.