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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani On 3-Day India Visit, Meets PM Modi At Rashtrapati Bhawan

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| February 17 , 2018 , 11:43 IST

On last day of his 3-day India tour, Iran's President Hassan Rouhani met his Indian counterpart President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Rashtrapati Bhawan on Saturday. His trip is an attempt to strengthen Iran's bond with the hosting country.

While the two nations will utilise the day for formal bilateral talks, the Iranian President is scheduled to deliver a speech at the Observer Research Foundation later. The two countries will further discuss the progress of Chabahar Port, a transit route between India, Iran and Afghanistan bypassing Pakistan.

India is already using the route to transport the consignment of 1.1 million tonnes of wheat to Afghanistan. One of the other issues to be discussed is India's prospective investment in Iranian infrastructure and connectivity projects in rupees.

Calling Iran's collaboration with India as an act of "unity against western powers", Rouhani has praised the "peaceful coexistence" of different religions in the nation post offering his prayers at the Makkah Masjid in Hyderabad on Friday.

The visiting President said that the opening of Iran's Chabahar port to India will provide a gateway to Afghanistan, Central Asia and Europe. "Iran is rich in oil and natural gas resources. It is ready to share its natural resources with India for its development and progress," he announced.

For further strengthening the cultural and diplomatic ties between India and Iran, Hassan has offered of sharing their oil and natural gas with the hosts while easing the visa norms for Indian tourists, students and others.