Indian envoy to UN: Promoting ties with Iran to benefit both nations

New York, Feb 15, IRNA -- Indian Permanent Representative to the United Nations Syed Akbaruddin described cooperation between Iran and India as beneficial to both nations, hoping that they would further improve.

Talking to Islamic Republic News Agency on Wednesday, he added that Iran and India are among the countries with civilizational bonds.

“There are no countries to have centuries-old relations. We have relations at highest level,” he said, noting that Iran and India have cooperation in many fields, as their economies are complementary to each other.

Iran and India have cooperation within Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), South-South Cooperation and bilateral ties, which will hopefully improve further, Akbaruddin said.

The two countries have been living side by side for centuries and share numerous commonalities, he said, welcoming any move will help boost bilateral relations.

Terming Iran as an ancient civilization, he said that the Islamic Republic as an active player in the region has regional clout. It has the capacity for cooperation with many countries including India.

President Hassan Rouhani will leave for New Delhi on Thursday on a three-day state visit to the country at the invitation of the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The visit aimed at consolidating bilateral ties is to take place in response to Modi’s last year’s visit to Tehran.

The official welcoming ceremony will be held with participation of the Indian president and prime minister on Saturday morning in New Delhi.

After holding meetings between top level Iranian and Indian delegations, both sides will sign cooperation documents and MoUs.

President Rouhani is also slated to deliver a speech in a meeting with Indian elites and scholars.

Businessmen and merchants of the two countries' private sectors are also scheduled to hold a joint meeting to review cooperation opportunities and capacities.
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