Iranian President to begin his 3-day India visit today

Iranian President to begin his 3-day India visit today

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani will offer prayers and address the gathering at Hyderabad's historic Mecca Masjid as he arrives in India on Thursday for a three-day visit.

Iranian authorities are "trying to reinforce its news control both at home and internationally", the Paris-based media watchdog said on February 13.

On Saturday, he will be holding meetings with his Indian counterpart President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. During his visit, both sides would review the progress achieved in bilateral relations and also exchange views on regional and worldwide issues of mutual interest, added MEA.

This will be the first visit by Rouhani, who is the seventh President of Iran, after taking charge in August 2013. The Indian Express had reported on December 4, 2017 that the Chabahar port allows India to bypass Pakistan and reach land-locked Afghanistan and Central Asian countries.

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During Modis bilateral visit to Iran in 2016, almost a dozen pacts were signed between the two countries. That visit was considered to be another chance to craft a strategic relationship with Iran and to enhance its influence in West Asia. The first phase of the port was inaugurated by President Rouhani in December a year ago, a little over a month after the first consignment of wheat from India to Afghanistan was sent via this facility. India continued purchasing Iranian oil and gas and maintained trade ties despite worldwide economic sanctions over its nuclear program between 2012 and 2016.

The statement insisted that the crackdown on the freedom to inform also targets the worldwide media.

India is working to equip and operate two berths in Chabahar Port Phase-I with a capital investment of $85 million and annual revenue expenditure of $23 million on a 10-year lease.

Hassan Rouhani will also visit the Qutub Shahi tombs near Golconda fort.

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