PM Modi and Rouhani discuss energy, Chabahar Port
Rouhani and Modi are understood to have discussed the regional situation and energy supplies from the region and other issues of mutual interest.
Rouhani and Modi are understood to have discussed the regional situation and energy supplies from the region and other issues of mutual interest. Their meeting was keenly awaited as they could not hold a planned meeting on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation summit in Bishkek in June due to scheduling issues.
External affairs minister S Jaishankar had earlier met his Iranian counterpart in New York, the second time since June, to further bilateral interests. During foreign secretary Vijay Gokhale’s recent visit to Tehran, the two sides had reviewed bilateral cooperation, ongoing connectivity and infrastructure development projects, including development of Chabahar port and full operationalisation of the Chabahar agreement between India, Iran and Afghanistan. Iran is India’s gateway to Afghanistan, Central Asia, Eurasia and Russia. As the world’s third largest oil consumer, India meets more than 80% of its needs from imports and Iran remained its third largest supplier, after Iraq and Saudi Arabia, until recently when exemptions from US sanctions expired.
Indo-Iran ties have been on an upswing in the past few years. Modi had visited Tehran in May 2016 to craft a strategic relationship with Iran. During the visit, the two nations signed nearly a dozen agreements.
In February 2018, Rouhani became the first Iranian president to visit India in a decade. During his visit, the two sides signed a dozen agreements.