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President in a meeting with Indian Prime Minister:

Iran ready to further expand cooperation with India / Tehran, Delhi play sensitive role in anti-terror fight

President Hassan Rouhani on Thursday hailed the current trend in the development of relations between Tehran and New Delhi, saying that Iran is ready to further expand cooperation with India.

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Thu 09 - July 2015 - 12:36

President Rouhani made the remarks in a meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the sidelines of the summit meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) and BRICS.
Dr.Rouhani expressed the hope that his meeting with Modi would provide the grounds for further boosting the Tehran-New Delhi relations.
President also referred to India's request for the development of Iran's Chabahar port as well as New Delhi's partnership in the North-South corridor, saying, "Iran is ready to broaden cooperation with India in various sectors as investment in oil, gas, expansion of Chabahar port, tourism industry and expansion of cooperation between the two sides' private sectors mainly in scientific and technological fields.
President said that the Islamic Republic of Iran and India play a very sensitive role in the fight against terrorism in the region.
Close economic and commercial cooperation between the two countries is of prime importance in broadening mutual relations, he said.
Prospects of future cooperation are very promising and the endeavor of Indian premier to this end is of prime importance, Dr.Rouhani added.
Elaborating on the sensitive role of Iran and India in the fight against terrorism, President Rouhani referred to the current sensitive situation in Yemen and said, 'Regretfully we are now witnessing carnage of women, children and civilians in the country.'
Also referring to expansion of extremism and violence in the region in recent years, he said, regretfully Iraq and Afghanistan suffer insecurity crisis, and the presence of Tekfiri terrorist groups such as Daesh has created a very deplorable situation for them.
The Indian premier said , ‘Iran plays a prominent role in restoring security and stability in the region, adding that 'We should not let terrorism shatter the image of Islam and Muslims.'
Iran and India along with those sharing common stands should back the proposal made by Iran to the United Nations Organization on defending human rights and a world free of violence, he said.
In the meeting, the two leaders also exchanged views on broadening scientific and academic ties, cooperation between artists, and expansion of tourism industry.

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