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Iran, India slam states aiding terror

18 February 2018

The trio: President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi welcome Iranian President Hassan Rouhani during his ceremonial reception at Rashtrapati Bhavan on Saturday.

During Modi's visit to Tehran in 2016, India, Iran and Afghanistan signed a trilateral agreement to jointly develop the Chabahar port.

On the topic of Afghanistan, both sides stressed the significance of strengthening India-Iran-Afghanistan trilateral consultations and coordination, including suitably supplementing their cooperation on Chabahar.

In order to simplify trade and banking practices between the two sides, the joint statement informed that, "permission for the Iranian Pasargad bank to open a branch in India was under advance consideration".

At the ORF lecture, Rouhani also made it clear that Tehran had every intention of remaining committed to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action - the nuclear deal signed in 2015 between Iran, the P5+1 countries and the European Union - that US President Donald Trump had decertified in October, sending shock waves globally and sparking apprehensions of renewed sanctions on the oil-producing country.

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Furthermore, the two leaders released a joint postage stamp depicting Deendayal Port, Kandla and Shahid Beheshti Terminal, Chabahar that reflected the enhanced prosperity through greater connectivity. Both sides also "agreed to continue and increase the pace of negotiation for reaching appropriate results on energy cooperation, including Farzad B gas field".

Both sides have also agreed to set up a Joint Committee of officials to examine feasible options including a rupee-rial arrangement to avoid hindrances in bilateral commercial mechanism.

For better cultural exchange, both sides agreed to grant e-visa facility to travellers.

In addition to this, four MoUs have also been signed between trade bodies.

The agreement on avoidance of double taxation aims at promoting flow of investment and services between the two countries.

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After holding wide-ranging talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Rouhani, trying to reflect on growing congruence in bilateral ties, said the two sides deliberated on a range of pressing bilateral, regional and global issues but did not disagree on even a "single topic".

According to Deepak Mittal, Joint Secretary (Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran), the two sides shared their concern over terrorism and agreed that this global menace can not be linked to any religion.

Modi assured India's support for the development of the Chabahar-Zahedan railway line to harness the full potential of the Chabahar port.

India and Iran on Saturday pledged to stop the forces of terrorism and extremism, delinking it from religion and agreed that there should be an end to terror sanctuaries even as the two countries broad-based their relationship by signing nine agreements, including one on connectivity relating to the strategic Chabahar port.

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

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Iran, India slam states aiding terror