In­dia to ex­pand eco­nomic, com­mer­cial ties with Iran

Iran Daily - - Domestic Economy -

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.

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