In their first personal meeting, Prime Minister Narendra Modi On Friday, he held discussions with Iranian President Ibrahim Raisi on bilateral ties, regional developments including Afghanistan and reviewed progress in the development of Chabahar port.
Both the leaders met on the occasion SCO Summit in Samarkand,
“The two leaders reviewed progress in the development of Shaheed Behesti Terminal, Chabahar Port and underlined the importance of bilateral cooperation in the field of regional connectivity,” the Ministry of External Affairs said in a statement.
This was the first meeting between the Prime Minister and President Raisi since taking office in 2021.
“During the meeting, the two leaders discussed a number of important issues related to bilateral relations, and expressed their desire to further strengthen the ties. The Prime Minister highlighted that India-Iran bilateral relations have been marked by historical and civilizational ties, including strong people-to-people contacts,” the statement from the Ministry of External Affairs said.
It also said that the two leaders discussed international and regional developments, including in Afghanistan. “The Prime Minister reiterated India’s priorities for providing humanitarian assistance to the people of Afghanistan and the need for a representative and inclusive political system in support of a peaceful, stable and secure Afghanistan,” it said.
President Raisi briefed Prime Minister Modi about the status of the Joint Comprehensive Action Plan talks.
Modi invited Raisi to visit India at the earliest at his convenience, the statement said.
Meaningful first meeting between PM @Narendra Modi and Iranian President Ibrahim Raisi.
Discussed our extensive bilateral relations and reviewed the progress in the development of Chabahar Port.
International and regional developments including Afghanistan were also discussed. pic.twitter.com/vpuDCGWo7V
— Arindam Bagchi (@MEAIndia) September 16, 2022
“Productive first meeting between PM @narendramodi and President of Iran Ebrahim Raisi. Discussed our extensive bilateral relations and reviewed the progress in the development of Chabahar Port. Also discussed international and regional developments including Afghanistan,” tweeted Arindam Bagchi, spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs.
Earlier this month, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar held a telephonic conversation with his Iranian counterpart Hussein Amir-Abdullahian, focusing on bilateral cooperation and the Iran nuclear deal.