Tehran: Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi said that the Chabahar-Central Asia transit route is beneficial for both countries. “This will strengthen the basis for cooperation.”
He added that relations between Tehran and New Delhi are “friendly and cordial”. Speaking after a meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, he noted the development of cooperation with this country as one of the priorities of Iran’s foreign policy, ANI reports.
The press release from the Iranian ministry said that the use of existing capacities in the oil and gas industry and transport, especially the Chabahar-Central Asia transit route, can provide a suitable basis for raising the level of relations and expanding the field of cooperation between the two countries. nation. He added that cooperation on regional and international issues that concern Tehran and New Delhi can also help.
Raisi added that Iran has always respected India’s independent figures, such as Mahatma Gandhi, who opposed arrogance. He also said that harsh sanctions cannot stop Iran’s progress in various scientific and industrial fields.
Prime Minister Modi said that the development of the Chabahar port will contribute to the economic development of the countries of the region. He added that the common positions of Iran and India regarding the events in Afghanistan require further international and regional cooperation between Tehran and Delhi.
The leaders of the two countries met at the summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in Samarkand and discussed energy ties. Modi tweeted after the meeting: “Had extensive discussions with President Ebrahim Raisi. We talked about the growing friendship between India and Iran and the opportunities to strengthen ties in sectors such as energy, trade and communications.”
Iran is a new member of the SCO and is expected to increase India’s influence in Eurasia. New Delhi said that the entry of Iranian oil into the market will affect global energy security to a certain extent.
This Middle Eastern country is crucial to India’s plans to expand its engagement with Central Asia. The value of Iran’s exports to India increased by 35% in the first seven months of 2022. India’s exports to Iran also rose by 54% to $1.243 billion compared to $807 million in the first seven months of 2021.