India should get veto power at UNSC: Iran

Iranian Presidency President Hassan Rouhani is on a three day visit to India

In a ceremony on Saturday attended by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi, top officials from the two countries inked 15 agreements and memoranda of understanding.

The agreements came after "substantive" and "productive" talks between visiting President Hassan Rouhani and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

India and Iran sealed nine agreements during a visit by the Iranian President to New Delhi including a key accord that leases operational control of part of the Iranian port of Chabahar to New Delhi for 18 months.

Before coming to New Delhi, the Iranian president visited the southern Indian city of Hyderabad where, during an address at a prominent mosque on Friday, he strongly criticized the Trump administration's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

The two sides, he said, chose to remove "all the bottlenecks on all the three issues. For the longest of time, India and Iran have been learning from each other", Modi said. But with Iran reaching a pact with the global community on the subject in 2015, India-Iran ties have gathered momentum. India and Iran are now engaged in trying to reach an agreement over India developing Iran's Farzad-B gas field.

The Prime Minister said the two countries wanted to see Afghanistan safe and prosper.

Besides giving India access to Central Asia, the port will also help India counter China's regional influence.

Modi said that Chabahar Port offered "a golden gateway" for landlocked Afghanistan.

During the visit, the two sides signed 15 documents enabling the expansion of cooperation in various areas.

The Minister of External Affairs of India also noted the project of development of Chabahar port very important not only for Iran, but also for the region, saying: "The people of Afghanistan, India and the region are very pleased with the development project of Chabahar".

The Iranian leader also said that regional conflicts must be resolved through diplomacy and political initiatives.

He also said Tehran would welcome a more active presence of Indian companies in Iran.

According to a joint statement issued after Modi-Rouhani meeting, Iran welcomed the investment from India in setting up plants in sectors, like fertilizers, petrochemicals and metallurgy in Chabahar Free Trade Zone on mutually beneficial terms.

New Delhi has allowed investment in Indian rupees in Iran.

He also slammed the United States for trying to control the destiny of Iranians.

Recognising the challenges of terrorism and ideologies of violent extremism, the two leaders reiterated their strong commitment to combat terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, and stressed that there can be no justification whatsoever for any act of terrorism.

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