In their first meeting in person, Prime Minister Narendra Modi discussed on Friday in person with Iranian president Ebrahim Raisi bilateral relations, and regional developments, which included Afghanistan as well as the progress of the development of the Chabahar Port.
Two leaders met on edge of the SCO meeting in Samarkand.
“The two leaders reviewed the progress in the development of the Shahid Behesti terminal, Chabahar Port, and underscored the importance of bilateral cooperation in the field of regional connectivity,” an announcement from the Ministry of External Affairs said.
This was the first encounter between the President and Prime Minister Raisi following the president’s appointment to the presidency in 2021.
“During the meeting, the two leaders discussed numerous important issues that affect the bilateral relationship and expressed their wish for building the relationship even more. The Prime Minister emphasized that the bilateral relations between Iran and India are marked by a long-standing and enduring connection and strong people to individuals contacts,” the MEA statement stated.
The report also stated that the two leaders had discussed the latest developments in the region and internationally which included Afghanistan. “Prime Minister reiterated India’s priorities of providing humanitarian assistance to the people of Afghanistan and the need for a representative and inclusive political dispensation in support of a peaceful, stable and secure Afghanistan,” the statement said.
Presidency Raisi informed Prime Minister Modi about the progress in talks on Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action talks.
Modi issued an offer to Raisi to travel to India at the earliest time that he is able to in the statement.
“Productive first meeting” between Prime Minister Narendra Modi, PM of India, and President Ebrahim Raisi from Iran. They discussed the wide-ranging bilateral relationship between us and reviewed the progress made in developing the Chabahar port. We also discussed regional and international developments, including Afghanistan,” Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Arindam Bagchi tweeted.
In the last month, Foreign Affairs Minister S Jaishankar held a telephonic conversation with his Iranian counterpart Hossein Abdollahian with a focus on bilateral cooperation in addition to the Iran nuclear agreement.