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Modi Meets Iranian President; India to Sign Chabahar Port Deal

By: Anchal Vohra

CNN-News18

Last Updated: May 23, 2016, 10:50 IST

Narendra Modi meeting  Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in Tehran. (Photo: PMO Twitter Handle)

Narendra Modi meeting Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in Tehran. (Photo: PMO Twitter Handle)

Narendra Modi and Hassan Rouhani discussed trade, energy and strategic ties.

Tehran: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is in Iran for a two day visit. He was given a guard of honour in Tehran on Monday morning and met President Hassan Rouhani.

The signing of the trilateral agreement on the strategic Chabahar port in the Gulf of Oman will take place between India, Iran and Afghanistan later in the day. The key trading port that will open the Indian economy to central Asia, specifically Afghanistan and will bypass Pakistan.

Modi and Rouhani discussed trade, energy and strategic ties. He will also meet Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Khamenei.

Hours after reaching Tehran on Sunday evening, Modi visited Bhai Ganga Singh Gurudwara in the Iranian capital where he he met members of Indian community.

The Prime Minister had invoked India's "civilisational ties" with Iran, before reaching Tehran.

"Enhancing connectivity, trade, investments, energy partnership, culture and people to people contacts would be our priority," he said in a tweet.

"My meetings with President Rouhani and Hon'ble Supreme Leader of Iran will provide an opportunity to advance our strategic partnership," the Prime Minister added.

Modi was received at the Mehrabad International Airport by Iran's Finance and Economic Affairs Minister Ali Tayyebnia.

first published:May 23, 2016, 10:50 IST
last updated:May 23, 2016, 10:50 IST