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Strengthening Indo-Iran Relations, Modi And Rouhani Sign 9 Agreements

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| February 17 , 2018 , 16:33 IST

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani concluded his 3-day India visit by signing 9 deals with the host country. In order to strengthen the bond between the two nations, PM Narendra Modi held "substantive and productive" talks with the visiting President.

The duo's wide-ranging talks pertained to boost cooperation in areas of defence and security, trade and investment, and energy. After spending two days in Hyderabad basking in the state's cultural diversity and religious ties with Iran, Rouhani received a warm welcome in New Delhi.

Post meeting and greeting his Indian counterpart President Ram Nath Kovind at Rashtrapati Bhawan, Rouhani went to pay tribute to Mahatma Gandhi. Apart from discussing the major collaboration between two countries in form of Chabahar Port, they talked about strengthening the cultural and diplomatic ties.

Addressing India's strong bond with Iran, PM Narendra Modi said, "We want to increase connectivity and trade. We want to strengthen our strong cultural ties. Landlocked Afghanistan has got a golden gateway in Chabahar... We will support the rail link."

Hassan has offered of sharing their oil and natural gas with the hosts while providing cooperation on medical sector and easing the visa norms for Indian tourists, students and others. The two countries are also looking forward to boosting cooperation in key areas of security, trade and energy.

Both the countries exchanged Memorandum of understanding (MoUs) in presence of their top leaders and wished for the safety and prosperity of Afghanistan. " We want to see our neighbours free of terrorism," PM Modi said.

Appreciating each other in their contribution to developing the strategically-relevant Chabahar Port, two countries inked nine pacts including one on double taxation avoidance. "We share views on two crucial issues - transit and economy... are seeing the development of Chabahar Port," Rouhani said.

In a warm parting gesture, Iranian President Rouhani gifted an animated version of Kalila Wa Demna and a copy of the Mahabharat in Farsi to PM Modi.