Trade ties on agenda, Iran Prez Hassan Rouhani arrives in India…


Strengthening economic links will top the agenda when Iranian President Hassan Rouhani kicks off three days of dialogue in India today.

"Rouhani is scheduled to address Muslim intellectuals, scholars and clerics at 6.30 pm", an official source was quoted as saying by PTI.

After offering Friday prayers, Rouhani will address a congregation at the historic Mecca Masjid in Hyderabad.

Rouhani's three-day visit is his first to India since he took office in August 2013.

From Persian Gulf nation The President of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Hassan Rouhani will pay a state visit to India at the invitation of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi from February 15 to 17, the press release from the website of Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said on Wednesday.

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According to the Tri Lateral Transit Agreement signed between India, Iran and Afghanistan, New Delhi will invest $85 million to develop the port. But one of the most interesting engagements during the visit will be on Saturday evening in New Delhi when the Iranian President will participate in an event of the Indian Parsi community.

A key feature of Mr Rouhani's visit will be talks on the development of Chabahar Port on Iran's southwest coastline.

Rouhani is also expected to visit historic sites, including the Qutub Shahi tombs at Golconda here. He will leave for New Delhi on Friday, the people with the knowledge of the matter added. Both India and Iran are set to discuss regional and worldwide issues of mutual interest.

The external affairs ministry had said earlier that during the visit of the president of Iran, both sides would review the progress achieved in bilateral relations and also exchange views on regional and worldwide issues of mutual interest.

Citing the Iran president's deputy chief of staff for communications and information Parviz Esmaeili, Irna said following the delegation-level talks on Saturday, both sides will sign a number of agreements.