Iran's President Hassan Rouhani visits India, meets Narendra Modi

With Prime Minister Narendra Modi by his side after a two-hour bilateral meeting on Saturday, the visiting President of Iran, Hassan Rouhani, said with a smile that they "did not disagree on a even a single topic" on all bilateral, regional and global issues.

"President Hassan Rouhani State visit to India resulted in many agreements on trade and cooperation, but more importantly, firmly cemented centuries-old friendship between our two nations", Zarif tweeted on Saturday.

Rouhani said, "Iran and India have a common stance on confronting terrorism and extremism, and we are determined to confront terrorism and extremism through culture and the exchange of information and experience".

Rouhani also met India's Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj.

Chabahar "can change the trade relations game across the region and the world", he said, noting that India had already begun exporting its goods, including wheat, to Afghanistan via the Iranian port city.

Hassan has offered of sharing their oil and natural gas with the hosts while providing cooperation on medical sector and easing the visa norms for Indian tourists, students and others.

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Both sides reiterated their commitment for early and full operationalisation of ShahidBeheshti Port at Chabahar, it said, adding that the Iranian side welcomed the investment of Indian side in setting up plants in sectors such as fertilisers, petrochemicals and metallurgy in Chabahar FTZ on terms mutually beneficial to the concerned parties.

"We as a country have always adhered (to commitments)".

Referring to the situation in Afghanistan, he said both countries were of the opinion that all stakeholders should work for peace and stability of the country.

The US is not dealing with Iran alone on the issue of nuclear pact but also with the United Nations Security Council, which has approved the pact, said Rouhani at the event organised by the Observer Research Foundation.

Rouhani referred to Trump's threat on the nuclear deal, and said that "politics without adhering to one's commitment and promises can not resolve the conflicts and problems of the current world". "Those who had atomic bombs were given veto rights", Rouhani said, emphasising on having ethics in foreign policy as against military might. It believes that there is no military solution to problems. "I hope we see ever-growing success in our bilateral future", he said.

The Iranian President addressed a congregation of Muslims after performing Friday prayers at the historic Makkah Masjid in Hyderabad. He is the first Iranian President to have visited the Mecca Masjid.

  • Adam Floyd