Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani have discussed bilateral relations and exchanged views on global and regional developments of mutual interest during their bilateral talks in New York.
On the sidelines of the high-level 74th Session of the General Assembly on Thursday, both the leaders meet to discuss “bilateral relations and exchanged views on regional and global developments of mutual interest.”
According to an official release, PM Modi has restated the country’s support for offering priority of dialogue, diplomacy, and confidence-building in the interest to maintain peace, stability, and security in the Gulf Region, which is a key for India.
Noting that Iran and India shared old and civilizational ties, both leaders assessed the progress of bilateral relations since they first meet in Russia’s Ufa in 2015.
The mainly discussed about the capitalization of Chabahar Port and claimed that it is necessary as the gateway to and for the Central Asian Region and landlocked Afghanistan.
During their meeting, it was also decided to mark the 70th Anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations in 2020.
India-Iran meeting was eagerly awaited as it comes amid escalating face-off talks between Iran and the United States on the nuclear program of Tehran. The US has accused Iran and its allies of attacks on two key oil installations in Saudi Arabia, which provoked a new phase of tensions in the region.
PM Modi and President Rouhani have discussed “bilateral cooperation and exchanged views on the situation in the region,” said the External Affairs Ministry Spokesman Raveesh Kumar.
Both of them couldn’t hold a planned meeting on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Summit in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, in June 2019, related to scheduling issues.
India is the world’s third-largest oil consumer, meets around 80 percent of its oil need through imports. Iran was its third-largest supplier after Saudi Arabia and Iraq till date.
The six-month-long exclusion from the US Sanctions to India and seven other nations to purchase oil from Iran has ended on May 2 as Washington didn’t extend it.
Indo-Iran ties have also been upspring in the past few years.
In May 2016, the Indian Prime Minister has visited Tehran with an object to craft a strategic relationship with Iran and India’s ties expanded with West Asia.
During the visit, Iran and India have signed a number of deals, the main of which was an agreement on the development of the strategic Chabahar Port.
Later, Iran-India-Afghanistan has signed a trilateral deal offering for the transport of goods among the three nations through the port.
President Rouhani has visited India in February 2018, became the first Iranian President to visit the nation in a decade, during which, both sides have signed a number of agreements.