Indian PM, Iranian President discuss development of bilateral ties
The spokesperson for the Indian Ministry of Foreign Affairs reveals the content of a meeting between Iran and India on the sidelines of the summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO).
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi discussed the development of bilateral ties on Friday during a meeting on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit, the ministry spokesman said on Friday. Indian Foreign Minister Arindam Bagchi.
“Productive first meeting between Prime Minister @narendramodi and Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi. We discussed our extensive bilateral relations and reviewed the progress of Chabahar Port development,” Bagchi wrote on Twitter.
First productive meeting between PM @Narendra Modi and President Ebrahim Raisi of Iran.
We discussed our extensive bilateral relations and reviewed progress in the development of Chabahar Port.
Also discussed international and regional developments, including Afghanistan. pic.twitter.com/vpuDCGWo7V
— Arindam Bagchi (@MEAIndia) September 16, 2022
The leaders also discussed a wide range of regional and international issues, including the situation in Afghanistan, the spokesperson added.
India has been the main investor in the Chabahar port project, the only deep water port in Iran with direct access to the Indian Ocean, being of geostrategic importance. India and Iran announced in 2016 that India would invest $500 million in the development of the port. The two countries recently negotiated a long-term agreement on port operations.
In-depth interviews with President Ebrahim Raisi. We talked about the growing friendship between India and Iran and the possibility of strengthening ties in sectors such as energy, trade and connectivity. pic.twitter.com/jrGI6ut7kM
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) September 16, 2022
After two days of talks held in Samarkand, the SCO summit ended with the adoption of a joint statement, in which member countries agreed that the SCO is not for other governments or international organizations and that they are against any interference in the internal affairs of nations under the pretense of anti-terrorism and anti-extremism measures, the statement noted.
The SCO summit statement included several other issues, such as the JCPOA, the militarization of the IT sector, global missile defense systems, chemical weapons, the World Trade Organization and terrorism.
Iran’s foreign policy focuses on maximum contact with regional states: Raisi
Iran’s foreign policy focuses on maximum connection and interaction with regional countries, including SCO members, and effective participation in regional and international agreements, Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi said on Friday. in his speech at the 22nd Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Summit.
Iran is considering important arrangements such as the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) and the BRICS grouping, which shows the country’s interest in participating in the efforts of the aligned countries to establish a fair international system based on participation, said declared President Raisi, describing the SCO as the symbol of “the great civilizational family”, which can open new horizons of regional integration and security cooperation based on justice, respect and spirituality.
Raisi also emphasized deepening economic multilateralism as Iran’s strategy, saying it has been seriously threatened by the United States, which has put heavy use of “coercion” at its behest. day and use intimidation to impose their demands and internal laws on other countries and the international community. system.
The SCO needs new approaches in the fight against unilateralism and cruel sanctions, President Raisi said, such as “the formation of a sustainable trade between the members of this Organization, which itself requires the development joint infrastructure in the field of financial exchanges, exchanges of raw materials and data”. exchanges between countries. »
He then urged SCO members to fund logistics and trade facilitation projects and stressed the important role of interbank transactions and speeding up free trade agreements and customs cooperation.
“In addition, the China-Central Asia-West Asia-Mediterranean corridor, which has great potential, is currently being described as an important part of the solution for the development of trade between East and West of the world. ‘Eurasia. With the cooperation of members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, it is possible to provide the necessary foundation for the implementation of this corridor and for members to enjoy its benefits,” he added.
The Iranian president also expressed Tehran’s willingness to host the SCO healthcare cooperation secretariat and invited the SCO health minister to attend the first meeting of the SCO. on health in December.