Indian PM invites President Rouhani to visit India

IRNA – Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has invited President Hassan Rouhani to pay a visit India, Indian Ministry of External Affairs said Monday in a statement.

“Minister of road transport, highways and shipping Nitin Gadkari, represented India at the inauguration of the second tenure of H.E. Dr Hassan Rouhani as the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran on August 5, 2017.’

‘In the meetings, both sides reviewed and positively assessed the progress in implementation of the decisions taken during the Prime Minister’s visit to Iran, last year, including the progress in the development of Chahbahar Port,’ the statement reads.

‘Both sides reiterated their commitment to complete and operationalise the Port at the earliest that would contribute to bilateral and regional trade and economic development and also provide alternate access to landlocked Afghanistan to regional and global markets.’

‘During his two-day visit on August 5 and 6, 2017, Mr Gadkari interacted with President Rouhani, called on the first vice-president Eshaq Jahangiri and held detailed exchange of views with the minister of roads and urban development of Iran Dr Abbas Akhoundi.’

Eight presidents, 19 parliament speakers, nine vice presidents and prime ministers, seven parliament vice-speakers, 11 foreign ministers and 35 special envoys from different countries will reportedly attend the ceremony.

Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei endorsed Rouhani’s presidential decree in a ceremony on Thursday.

Rouhani was reelected as President of the Islamic Republic of Iran for a second consecutive term in national elections on May 19, securing nearly 57% of the total votes cast.