President: Iran has taken due steps in nuclear talks

Rouhani &  Ajit Kumar Dova

Iran’s president Rouhani meets India’s National Security Advisor Ajit Kumar Doval in Tehran on February 10, 2015.

Tehran, Feb 10, IRNA – President Hassan Rouhani said Iran is following nuclear negotiations seriously, adding that ‘good progress has been achieved, though we haven’t reached final agreement yet’.
 ‘We have taken the necessary steps and now it is the other side’s turn to seize the opportunity,’ said the president on Tuesday in a meeting with India’s National Security Advisor Ajit Kumar Doval.

Referring to good bilateral relations and the two countries’ powerful positions, Rouhani said Tehran and New Delhi can contribute to development of the two countries and the region.

The president said Tehran welcomes further expansion of cooperation with New Delhi which strengthens peace and security in the region.

Rouhani also referred to fields of cooperation including ports development, making North-South Corridor, petrochemicals, steel, pharmacetical industry, medical equipment, scientific and research cooperation and called for employing all potentials to develop the bilateral ties.

Referring to development of Chabahar Port, the implementation of Chabahar–Zahedan Railway project, and expanding Port of Jask to make it an important oil export port, President Rouhani said Iran is ready to cooperate more closely with Indian private sector.

Meanwhile, the Indian official said Asia will have an important role in international developments in future and Iran along with countries such as China and India should play their roles in economic and political fields.

He said Chabahar can become the North-South Corridor in the region and New Delhi looks to it as a place for quick development of relations.