Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has invited Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to travel to Iran for talks on the expansion of bilateral ties.
Rouhani’s invitation was announced during his Friday meeting with Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj on the sidelines of a summit of the Shangahi Cooperation Organization (SCO) in the Tajik capital, Dushanbe.
“We hope to see a new chapter in relations between the two countries,” Rouhani said.
He said that Iran and India enjoy common historical and cultural roots, describing the two countries as “reliable partners.”
Recalling cooperation between Tehran and New Delhi in the energy sector, Rouhani said that many countries are keen to invest in Iran. He, however, underlined that the Islamic Republic’s priority is to develop ties with regional countries, including India, which he said is a powerful regional partner for Iran.
India is among the top buyers of Iran’s crude.
The Indian foreign minister, for his part, said Iran is a reliable partner for India as well as one of the main suppliers of energy for his country.
Rouhani is on a tour of the Central Asian states of Kazakhstan and Tajikistan. He is now in Dushanbe, where he is taking part in a summit of the Shangahi Cooperation Organization.
The SCO is an intergovernmental organization that was founded in 2001 in Shanghai by the leaders of China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan. Iran has an observer status at the organization.
By Press TV
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