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Media Statement by Narendra Modi During Iran Visit

By Lisa

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is in Iran on a two days official visit to boost trade and people to people connect between the two nations.

PM Modi was given a ceremonial welcome in Iran and he had fruitful interaction with President of Iran Hassan Rouhani. Delegations of India too interacted with Irani ministers and 12 agreements were signed between the two nations.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi then issued a media statement. The statement talked about PM feeling grateful about the gracious hospitality he and Indian delegation received and he talked of rich Persian heritage which has attracted the world to Iran.

PM on long standing ties:

"Through centuries, our societies have stayed connected through art and architecture, ideas and traditions, and culture and commerce. As friends and neighbours, we have shared interest in each other's growth and prosperity, and joys and sorrows."

"We can never forget that Iran was among the first countries to come forward in support when earthquake struck my state, Gujarat, in 2001. Similarly, India is proud to have stood with the people of Iran during your difficult times."

PM on agreements signed:

"We exchanged views on the emerging regional situation and global issues of common concern. The agenda and scope of our partnership is truly substantial. The outcomes and agreements signed today open a new chapter in our strategic partnership."

"The welfare of our people is guiding our broad based economic ties. Expanded trade ties, deeper connectivity, including Railways partnerships in oil and gas sector fertilizers education and cultural sphere are driving our overall economic engagement."

"The bilateral agreement to develop the Chahbahar port and related infrastructure, and availability of about US$ 500 million from India for this purpose, is an important milestone. This major effort would boost economic growth in the region."

PM on terrorism:

PM Modi informed media that the two nations later in the day are going to sign the trilateral Transport and Transit Agreement with participation of Iran, India and Afghanistan. It will be a historic occasion. It will open new routes for India, Iran and Afghanistan to connect among themselves.

PM further added that, "India and Iran also share a crucial stake in peace, stability and prosperity of the region. We also have shared concerns at the spread of forces of instability, radicalism and terror in our region".

"We have agreed to consult closely and regularly on combating threats of terrorism, radicalism, drug trafficking and cybercrime. We have also agreed to enhance interaction between our defence and security institutions on regional and maritime security."

PM gave a very personal touch to the statement when he said, "The past history of our ties has been rich. President Rouhani and I would leave no stone unturned to work for its glorious future. Our friendship will be a factor of stability in our region. Later today, I look forward to calling on His eminence the Hon'ble Supreme Leader to advance our ties further".

PM ends media statement:

PM ended his statement by inviting President Rouhani to visit India so that two nations can carry forward the agenda of two nations engaging with each other. PM ended by reciting beautifully said in a couplet from Ghalib. Let me end with it:

जनूनत गरबे नफ्से-खुद तमाम अस्त ज़े-काशी पा-बे काशान नीम गाम अस्त meaning of which is, "Once we make up our mind, the distance between Kaashi and Kaashan is only half a step".

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