India to expand economic, commercial ties with Iran
Indian President Ram Nath Kovind called for expansion of relations with Iran in various fields, in commercial and economic domains in particular.
Kovind was speaking in a ceremony to receive the credentials of Iran’s new ambassador to New Delhi Ali Chegini, IRNA reported.
He called for upgrading Iran-india trade transactions to more than $13 billion.
He strongly condemned Chabahar terrorist attack which martyred at least two and injured 43 Iranians and voiced sympathy with the Iranian government and people.
He said President Hassan Rouhani’s visit to New Delhi in February will open a new chapter in bilateral relations, adding that New Delhi’s approach to Iran favors safeguarding and expanding relations.
He said that the opportunities available should be fully exploited for the purpose.
The president said Iran-india cooperation in transportation sector, especially India’s contribution to the development of Chabahar port, are signs of good mutual cooperation.
He added that delegating management of the port to an Indian company by the end of this month is good news.
Chegini conveyed the warm greetings of Iran’s president to his Indian counterpart and, while referring to very friendly and historical bilateral relations, said Iran’s approach to relations with India is a long-term one.
He said the Islamic Republic of Iran hopes that the relations will be further upgraded and new grounds, especially in the trade and economic domains, will be expanded and developed.