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Highlights: In joint statement with PM Modi, Hassan Rouhani says ties between India and Iran historical

Hassan Rouhani, who arrived from Hyderabad to Delhi late on Friday evening, was accorded a ceremonial reception at the Rashtrapati Bhavan on Saturday.

india Updated: Feb 17, 2018 22:53 IST
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Iran President Dr. Hassan Rouhani with PM Narendra Modi at Hyderabad House in New Delhi. (Vipin Kumar/HT Photo)

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, who is on a three-day visit to India, held bilateral talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and called on President Ram Nath Kovind in New Delhi on Saturday.

Rouhani, who arrived from Hyderabad to Delhi late on Friday evening, was accorded a ceremonial reception at the Rashtrapati Bhavan on Saturday.

The Iranian and Indian contingents are likely to review the progress achieved in bilateral relations and exchange views on regional and international issues of mutual interest.

On Friday, Rouhani addressed a congregation of Muslims after performing Friday prayers at the historic Mecca Masjid in Hyderabad.

Here are the highlights: 

2:45pm: I hope we see great successes in bilateral ties between India and Iran, concludes Iranian President Hassan Rouhani after hailing the success of Chabahar port.

2: 45pm: We had positive talks for trade, tariffs, visa, and several economic and cultural relations in the region, says Rouhani

2:43pm: Rouhani asserts, “We are determined to combat terrorism and extremism,” adding that regional conflicts must be resolved through diplomacy and political initiatives.

2:42: pm: India has strategic relations, especially for transit and energy: Iran President

2:41pm: I thank you for your hospitality and kindness. Your (Modi) visit to Iran in 2016 was an important step in development of ties between India and Iran: Rouhani

“Relations between India and Iran are far beyond trade and diplomatic. Our relations are historical, civilizational,” says Rouhani.

2:40pm: After PM Modi concludes his address, the Iranian president takes the stage.

2:36pm: The two countries want to see our neighbour Afghanistan safe and prosper. We want to see our neighbors free of terrorism: PM

2:35pm: “We want to enhance connectivity... I thank you for helping develop Chabahar port,” says Modi in the joint statement.

2:31pm: Both Iran and India respect each other. Under your leadership (Rouhani), India-Iran ties have strengthened: Modi

2:30pm: PM Modi starts his address, welcomes the Iranian President. “An Iranian president is visiting after 10 years.”

I travelled to Tehran in 2016 and now when you come here now, it deepens and strengthens our relationships: PM Narendra Modi

2:25pm: PM Narendra Modi and Iran President jointly issue a postal stamp marking India-Iran ties.

2:20pm: Ahead of Modi and Rouhani’s joint statement, India and Iran sign bilateral agreements and exchange MOUs.

Nine pacts have been signed between India and Iran, including on double taxation avoidance, visa liberalisation as well as to ratify extradition treaty.

1:30pm: “Both leaders held substantive & productive discussion on cooperation in trade & investment, energy, connectivity, defence & security & regional issues,” external affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweets.

1.15pm: Both leaders held substantive and productive discussion on cooperation in trade and investment, energy, connectivity, defence and security and regional issues: MEA spokesperson

12:40pm: Delegation level talks between India and Iran are ongoing at the Hyderabad House, reports ANI.

12pm: Rouhani meets PM Modi at Hyderabad House in New Delhi.

11:30am: The Iranian President meets external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj on the last day of his visit to India.

9:45am: Rouhani pays tribute to Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat.

9:20am: Rouhani meets President Ramnath Kovind and PM Modi at Rashtrapati Bhawan.

9:15am: Iran President Hassan Rouhani inspects guard of honour at Rashtrapati Bhawan.

Highlights of Rouhani’s India visit

• Rouhani, who is a senior Shia cleric, on Friday visited the historic Mecca Masjid, a Sunni mosque, in Hyderabad to offer prayers and called for unity among Muslims across the world.

In his 30-minute public speech in Persian, said to be the first by a any country’s leader in this mosque, Rouhani urged Muslims to treat all human beings with love and affection in the true spirit of Islam. “If Islam is presented before the world in true sense, then the whole world will love this religion,” he said.

Read | Hassan Rouhani in India: Will India-Iran ties match the rhetoric?

• Earlier, the Iranian delegation visited the historic Golconda Fort and Qutub Shahi tombs Hyderabad. They went around the Qutub Shahi tombs complex, housing mausoleums of rulers of the Qutub Shahi Dynasty (1518-1687) who had Iranian lineage.

• Meanwhile, Iran has expressed willingness to share its vast oil and natural gas resources with India and simplify visa norms to strengthen bilateral ties.

Rouhani also said the current century belongs to Asia where New Delhi and Tehran have an important role to play.

The Chabahar port in the Gulf country will open up the transit route for India to Iran and Afghanistan (bypassing Pakistan), Central Asian countries and Europe, he told the congregation at the historic Mecca Masjid after offering Friday prayers.

The president said Iran is hopeful India will reciprocate by simplifying visa rules to enhance people-to-people contact.

First Published: Feb 17, 2018 09:41 IST