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Iranian prez to pay 3-day visit to India from tomorrow

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi/Hyderabad 

and will discuss regional and international issues of "mutual interest" during a three-day visit of Iranian starting tomorrow.

Announcing the state visit by the Iranian president, the external affairs ministry said and will review the progress achieved in bilateral relations.

Official sources in said will arrive at tomorrow afternoon and will later address Muslim intellectuals, scholars and clerics.

This will be the first visit to by Rouhani after taking charge as the Iranian in August 2013.

"During the forthcoming visit of the of Iran, both sides would review the progress achieved in bilateral relations and also exchange views on regional and international issues of mutual interest," the ministry said in a release.

In New Delhi, apart from holding extensive talks with Modi and other Indian leaders on key bilateral and regional issues, the Iranian leader is also scheduled to deliver a special address at the (ORF) on Saturday.

During the meetings, Rouhani and Indian leaders will discuss "the latest regional and global developments and the finalisation and exploitation of as soon as possible...," according to an Iranian media report ahead of the visit.

This "can be very effective for bilateral trade in the region and mutual access of to regional and international markets", it said.

During Modi's bilateral visit to in 2016, nearly a dozen pacts were signed between the two countries.

The Trilateral Transit Agreement (Chabahar Agreement) was also signed by transport ministers of India, and in the presence of Modi, Rouhani and Afghan President

The contract entails capital investment of USD 85 million by for equipping in

The strategically important port will open up the transit route for India to Iran and Afghanistan, bypassing

India and Iran have robust economic and commercial ties covering many sectors though it has traditionally been dominated by the import of Iranian by India, which continued to engage with Iran at the time of sanctions.

According to ministry, India-Iran bilateral trade during the fiscal year 2016-17 was USD 12.89 billion. India imported USD 10.5 billion worth of goods, mainly crude oil, and exported commodities worth USD 2.4 billion.

Rouhani will also address a congregation at the historic in after offering Friday prayers, official sources said, adding religious scholars from different schools of thoughts will also participate in this session.

He is also expected to visit historic sites here including Qutub Shahi tombs at Golconda, they said.

"This is the second time Rouhani will be visiting Hyderabad, and it is his first visit after assuming charge as the president. He will leave for on February 16," the sources added.

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First Published: Wed, February 14 2018. 18:45 IST