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India, Iran ink 9 pacts after ‘substantive’ talks between PM Modi, Rouhani

PM Narendra Modi appreciated the way Iranian leader Hassan Rouhani provided leadership in developing the strategically important Chabahar Port.

india Updated: Feb 17, 2018 19:50 IST
Press Trust of India
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi releasing a commemorative stamp with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani at Hyderabad House in New Delhi on Saturday.(Vipin Kumar/HT Photo)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi held “substantive” talks with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Saturday to boost cooperation in key areas of security, trade and energy, after which the two sides inked nine pacts, including one on double taxation avoidance.

The two leaders also deliberated on regional situations during their wide-ranging talks. (Highlights)

“Both leaders held substantive & productive discussion on cooperation in trade & investment, energy, connectivity, defence & security & regional issues,” external affairs ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted.

Addressing a joint press event with Rouhani, Modi said the visit by the Iranian president shows how the two sides want to deepen cooperation in key areas, including connectivity.

Giving details of their comprehensive talks, Modi said they discussed threats posed by terrorism, drug trafficking and other challenges.

For his part, Rouhani said, “We are determined to combat terrorism and extremism.”

The Iranian leader also said regional conflicts must be resolved through diplomacy and political initiatives.

PM Modi also appreciated the way the Iranian leader provided leadership in developing the strategically important Chabahar Port.

Apart from tax pact, the two sides also exchanged instrument to ratify the extradition treaty as well as to simplify visa process.

Earlier, Rouhani was given a ceremonial welcome at Rashtrapati Bhavan.

In the morning, external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj called on Rouhani and discussed various issues with him.

First Published: Feb 17, 2018 15:17 IST