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Iran President to come on three-day India visit

IANS  |  New Delhi 

will come on a three-day visit to starting Thursday at the invitation of Narendra Modi, the announced on Wednesday.

Modi and Rouhani will hold a bilateral meeting here on Saturday, during the course of which both sides would review the progress achieved in bilateral relations and also exchange views on regional and international issues of mutual interest, according to a ministry statement.

Rouhani will also call on on Saturday.

According to Iranian news agency Irna, Rouhani will first arrive in on Thursday where he will meet the city's Muslim Ulemas. He will also meet Iranian nationals, including students, residing in

Citing the President's deputy chief of staff for communications and information Parviz Esmaeili, said following the delegation-level talks on Saturday, both sides will sign a number of agreements.

Business leaders of both sectors are also scheduled to hold a joint meeting to review cooperation opportunities and capacities, according to Esmaeili.

This will be Rouhani's first visit to after he assumed office in 2013.

It comes after Modi's visit to in 2016 during which a trilateral agreement on transit and transport was signed between India, and

India committed $85 million in investment for the development of the in Iran's southeastern city of

The first phase of the port was inaugurated by Rouhani in December last year, a little over a month after the first consignment of wheat from India to was sent via this facility.

The port opens a new strategic transit route between Iran, India, and other Central Asian nations bypassing

India-Iran bilateral trade stood at $12.89 billion in 2016-17, according to figures provided by the



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First Published: Wed, February 14 2018. 13:38 IST