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News > First Vice President: Bilateral Relations between Iran & India Always Been Distinguished and Important


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Dr. Jahangiri Meets with Mr. Gadkari

First Vice President: Bilateral Relations between Iran & India Always Been Distinguished and Important

Dr. Eshaq Jahangiri in a meeting with Mr. Nitin Gadkari, Indian Minister for Shipping and Road Transport and Highways, while appreciating the presence of the Indian delegation to attend the swearing-in ceremony of Dr. Hassan Rouhani, the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran, on 5 August  2017, stated that, “Bilateral relations between Iran & India have always been distinguished and important and in this line the visit by the Prime Minister of India to Iran last year was a turning point in the bilateral relations.”

The Vice President also referred to the intimate relations existing between the two nations and said, “The cordial relations between the two nations necessitate that the level of bilateral relations be promoted more than the past.”

Dr. Jahangiri reiterated the importance of Chabahar port for the Islamic Republic of Iran and expressed Iran’s receptiveness in relation to the presence and participation of Indian companies in implementation of the projects of this port. He added, “Recently there was a meeting at my presence attended by the related ministers and officials in this regard and fortunately the impediments for the presence and participation of Indian companies have to a large extent been tackled.” First VP also referred to the plan to expand railway network in Iran and said, “Following the construction of Chabahar-Zahedan railway, this railway will be connected to Iran’s national railway. However, we need to connect this route further to the north of Iran and from there to the Central Asia.” Dr. Jahangiri stated that there is no limit for India to be present and participate in the railway projects in the country.

First VP pointed out the hurdles in the banking relations and stressed that the impediments in the way of developing banking cooperation have not been fully eradicated yet despite their removal being highly important for expanding economic cooperation. He added that the Iranian banks are ready to interact in this matter with the Indian side.

Dr. Jahangiri further said, “The Islamic Republic of Iran welcomes the participation of India in implementation of petroleum industry projects and what is highly important is that the interests of the two countries must be met.

Mr. Nitin Gadkari, Indian Minister for Shipping and Road Transport and Highways, for his part conveyed the warm greetings of H. E. Modi, the PM of India, to Dr. Rouhani and also submitted a formal invitation for Iran’s President to visit India. Mr. Gadkari said, “The Indian Government is highly interested in expedited development of Chabahar Port and Indian traders are also keen to make investments in the projects of Chbahar Port. Mr. Gadkari referred to abundant opportunities for mutual cooperation in the petroleum and petrochemicals sectors and sought the removal of impediments and called for facilitation of bilateral cooperation in all areas. He added that fortunately positive developments are taking place in the process of banking cooperation between the two countries. The high-ranking Indian authority stressed that India is eager to expand its banking relations with Iran and the issue of opening branches of Iranian banks in India is in the process of examination.   


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