Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is in Tehran on a two-day state visit to Iran, met Iranian President Hassan Rouhani today after the ceremonial welcome and exchanged ideas at a restricted tete-a-tete. This restricted meeting will be followed by delegation level talks. The two leaders are expected to discuss issues of mutual interest like improving connectivity, regional and international issues including the menace of terror and extremism and the ways and means of carrying forward bilateral relations to a higher level.
After the talks, signing of agreements and Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on a series of projects including Chabahar port is expected to be signed. Both the leaders will later jointly address the press, highlighting the developments. In the afternoon, the trilateral agreement on connectivity of India with landlocked Afghanistan through the Iranian port of Chabahar will be signed. It will be witnessed by Prime Minister Modi and President Rouhani and Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani.
The prestigious Chabahar Port project was visualized during the earlier NDA regime, though it hibernated for quite long, mainly due to the slapping of international sanctions against Iran. However, post-sanctions Iran is now ready for welcoming global role in its economy. India’s ages old civilizational ties with the Persian Gulf nation and the solid foundation already put in place for the port connectivity and similar other projects come handy to bring the agreements to fruition now. They are expected to have rich dividends for the economies of both the nations apart from having positive strategic and diplomatic impacts.
Earlier he offered his obeisance at the Bhai Ganga Singh Sabha Gurudwara and spoke to the head priest. He applauded the efforts of the Sikh community in the Persian Gulf nation for preserving and spreading the culture
and tradition of India.