PM Narendra Modi Meets Iranian President: Prime Minister Narendra Modi met Iranian President Ibrahim Raisi on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit here on Friday. The two leaders discussed issues of bilateral and mutual interest. Both the leaders are in the historic city of ‘Samarkand’ in Uzbekistan to attend the 22nd SCO summit.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Arindam Bagchi tweeted, “The first meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President of Iran Ibrahim Raisi was fruitful.” Bagchi further said that ‘the two leaders discussed comprehensive bilateral relations and also reviewed the progress made in the development of Chabahar Port. They also discussed various international and regional developments including Afghanistan. The Afghanistan issue was also discussed between the two.

Chabahar port being developed

Let us tell you that Iran has been a major country for India in the Gulf region for a long time. The two countries are jointly focusing on improving their connectivity between Southeast Asia and Central Asia. India has been projecting Iran’s Chabahar port as a major regional transit hub, including in Afghanistan. The Chabahar port in Sistan-Balochistan province on the southern coast of energy-rich Iran is being developed by India, Iran and Afghanistan to boost connectivity and trade ties.

India in touch with Iran on developments in Afghanistan

India has been in touch with Iran over developments in neighboring Afghanistan since the takeover of Afghanistan by the Taliban on August 15 last year. Earlier this month, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar had a telephonic conversation with his Iranian counterpart Hussein Amir-Abdullahian focusing on bilateral cooperation and Iran’s nuclear deal.

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