Published: Sun, February 18, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

India, Iran agree to step up efforts for stability in Afghanistan

India, Iran agree to step up efforts for stability in Afghanistan

Rouhani began his three-day visit to India on Thursday.

Earlier on Saturday, Rouhani met Modi and held delegation-level talks at the Hyderabad House in New Delhi.

The president also described strengthening the two countries' cooperation on regional and global issues, and said: "Strengthening cooperation between Iran and India on regional issues can contribute to stability and security of the region".

Continuing the policy of "developing closer ties", former Iranian president Mohammad Khatami visited India in 2003 as the Chief Guest of the Republic Day parade, where he signed "The New Delhi Declaration", in line with the previous resolution in Tehran, further expanding bilateral ties. The stamp shows ships at Iran's Chabahar port and India's Kandla.

"Why India with a population of over 1 billion doesn't enjoy veto rights and why does the United States have veto rights?", the visiting Iranian leader said while addressing a press conference in the national capital.

Chabahar could reinforce Iran and India's historical ties by serving as a bridge connecting the subcontinent to Afghanistan, Central Asia, and Eastern Europe, he said.

As part of a lease contract, India will help Iran run a multi-purpose container terminal at Chabahar for 18 months.

The first phase of the Chabahar port was inaugurated in December last, opening a new strategic route connecting Iran, India and Afghanistan, bypassing Pakistan.

"Relations between Iran and India are beyond political and diplomatic".

Rouhani, calling India-Iran ties historic, thanked Modi for his hospitality.

The joint statement said that recognising the challenges of terrorism and ideologies of violent extremism, the two leaders reiterated their "strong commitment to combat terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, and stressed that there can be no justification whatsoever for any act of terrorism".

Iran can provide India with its energy needs by entering into long-term strategic agreements, he added. Subsequently, Indian Prime Ministers Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi visited Iran in their years of tenure.

Indian Railway Construction International Ltd (IRCON) and Iran's Construction and Development of Transportation Infrastructure Company (CDTIC), which are engaged in discussions, were tasked to finalise the technical parameters and financing options for the project in a time bound manner. Under this scheme, if an Indian businessman wants to invest a certain amount in rupees, he can deposit the money in rupees in the bona fide concerned Iranian account in one of the Indian banks and the equivalent amount of Iranian rials will then be deposited in the venture in Iran.

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