Iran, India, Afghanistan to sign transit agreement

Tehran, May 19, IRNA – Deputy Foreign Minister for Asia-Pacific Affairs Ebrahim Rahimpour said on Thursday that Iran, India and Afghanistan are to sign transit agreement soon.
Speaking to IRNA on the upcoming visit to Iran by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, slated for May 22, Rahimpour said that the trilateral agreement is to be signed during the Indian priome minsiter’s visit. He added that the visit to Tehran by Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, also slated for next week, would take place for the same reason.

Given its geopolitical status, Iran plays a crucial role in transit of goods and can link other regional countries to Central Asia, Caucasus, Russia and Europe, Rahimpour said.

The official further pointed out that the Chinese and South Korean presidents also hailed Iran’s status in the field of transit of goods during their recent visits to Tehran, he said.

Rahimpour added that the Japanese and Indonesian officials who are slated to visit Tehran in the near future would hold talks with their Iranian counterparts.

Indian prime minister will visit Iran next week on a two-day official visit on the invitation of President Hassan Rouhani.