Khurshid talks ties with Iran FM

Last Updated: Sat, May 04, 2013 17:31 hrs

India External Affairs Minister, Salman Khurshid on Saturday met with the Foreign Minister of Islamic Republic of Iran, Ali Akbar Salehi to discuss bilateral and regional issues of mutual interest between both the countries.

Khurshid was in Iran to attend the 17th Session of the India-Iran Joint Commission held here on Saturday.

Khurshid called on the Iranian President, Dr. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. He also had meetings with Dr. Ali Akbar Velayati, Advisor to the Supreme Leader and Dr. Ali Larijani, Speaker of the Iranian Majlis.

They discussed Indian participation in Chahbahar Port project which will provide connectivity with Afghanistan and will give an impetus to Afghanistan´s economic development.

They also discussed the developing situation in Afghanistan and agreed to remain in regular contact.

They reaffirmed their support to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Afghanistan.

The two sides also reiterated the importance of greater connectivity between Russia, Central and South Asia through the International North South Transport Corridor (INSTC).

The two sides reiterated importance of enhancing cooperation in expanding trade and banking relations.

Both the sides agreed to study the prospects of joint investment in both countries, while noting their capabilities in the industrial sector, agreed to diversify their cooperation in this regard.

On developments in Syria, the two sides strongly expressed deep concern on the continuing and unabated violence and called upon all sides in Syria to abjure violence and resolve all issues peacefully through discussions taking in to account the aspirations of people of Syria.

In this regard, they supported the Geneva Communique' which includes the 6-Point Plan of Kofi Annan and welcomed the efforts of Joint Special Envoy Lakhdar Brahimi.

Khurshid also inaugurated the Indian Cultural Centre in Tehran on Friday.

During the visit, the two sides also signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoUs) between Institute of Standards and Industrial Research of Islamic Republic of Iran (ISIRI) and Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS).

Also, a MOU was signed between the Foreign Service Institute, Ministry of External Affairs, Republic of India and School of International Relations,Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Islamic Republic of Iran.

Moreover, Khurshid further signed a MOU between the Government of Republic of India and the Government of Islamic Republic of Iran on cooperation in the field of water resources management.

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