India, Iran to fight terror; ink Chabahar port deal, 11 other pacts

(From PTI)

India and Iran Monday pledged to combat terrorism and radicalism as the two nations signed 12 agreements including a “milestone” pact on developing the strategic Chabahar port, giving a boost to economic partnership in the post-sanctions era.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi shakes hands with Iranian President Hassan Rouhan during a joint press conference after their meeting at the Saadabad Palace in Tehran

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (L) shakes hands with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani during a joint press conference in Tehran Monday

India committed around $500 million for the important port in Iran’s southern coast, which will serve as a “point of connectivity” between India, Afghanistan, Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) countries and East Europe.

“We have agreed to consult closely and regularly on combating threats of terrorism, radicalism, drug trafficking and cyber crime. We have also agreed to enhance interaction between our defense and security institutions on regional and maritime security,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in Tehran.

Modi, who is the first Indian Prime Minister on a bilateral visit to the Islamic nation 15 years after Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s trip, was addressing a joint press conference with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani after one-on-one talks. Read More



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