Iran will seriously pursue Chabahar development, Rouhani tells Modi

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says Tehran will “seriously” pursue the implementation of a joint project with India on the development of Iran’s southeastern port of Chabahar.

The Iranian president made the remark during a Wednesday telephone conversation with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

“Iran’s Chabahar port, which connects different regional countries, including India, Afghanistan and [those in] Central Asia to one another, is one of the symbols of Tehran-New Delhi cooperation,” Rouhani said.

Describing as “successful” a recent visit by the Indian premier to Iran, Rouhani underlined the need for the immediate implementation of the agreements signed between Tehran and New Delhi, particularly on the development of Chabahar port.

The Iranian president also referred to various issues of mutual interest and expressed Tehran’s readiness to upgrade ties with New Delhi to a strategic level.

In the phone conversation, Modi said that his country is determined to boost cooperation with Iran in all sectors.

He described as positive his talks with Iranian officials during his visit to Iran in May, adding that India will do its utmost to speed up the implementation of bilateral agreements.

The Indian prime minister also officially invited Rouhani to visit India.

The Indian prime minister paid an official two-day visit to Iran on May 22 to boost economic and political ties with Tehran.

Concurrent with Modi’ visit, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani also traveled to Iran to join the signing of a trilateral agreement on establishing a strategic transit and transport route connecting the three countries.


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