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Published: 0456 GMT July 08, 2021

Iran’s president-elect, Indian FM discuss bilateral relations, Afghanistan

Iran’s president-elect, Indian FM discuss bilateral relations, Afghanistan

Iran’s President-Elect Ebrahim Raeisi and the foreign minister of India stressed promotion of Tehran- New Delhi relations and called for regional cooperation to solve Afghanistan's problems.

Raeisi received the visiting Indian Minister of External Affairs Subrahmanyam Jaishankar for a meeting in Tehran on Wednesday afternoon, Mehr News Agency reported.

Jaishankar arrived in Tehran earlier on Wednesday to convey a congratulatory message from the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Raeis on his victory in June 18th presidential elections in Iran.

During the meeting, the Iranian president-elect said that the stability and durability of relations between the two countries, especially in the economic field, “requires regulating bilateral relations only on the basis of Tehran-Delhi interests.”

Raeisi added, "Collective security with the participation of countries in the region, including Iran and India as two important regional players, as well as extensive economic ties are important priorities for the relations between the two countries."

He further reiterated Tehran’s support for the stability, security and peace in Afghanistan.

"Today, the Americans themselves admit that their maximum pressure campaign against Iran has failed and the Islamic Republic of Iran will continue its progress vigorously," Raeisi said.

The Indian foreign minister, for his part, conveyed to Raeisi the message of India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi and thanked the president-elect for the meeting.

Jaishankar also said it is very vital for Iran and India, as two very close regional partners, to work together to tackle different challenges.

Pointing out that Afghanistan is in a very critical situation now, the Indian top diplomat added, "Afghanistan's neighbors must work together to solve the country's problems."

Jaishankar also invited Raeisi to visit India at an official invitation of Prime Minister Modi, adding that "Mr. Prime Minister has expressed confidence in his message that the strong relations between Iran and India will continue to grow and expand during your presidency."

Earlier on Wednesday, the India foreign minister also discussed the issue of Afghanistan in a separate meeting with his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif.

 Zarif and Jaishankar stressed the need to boost intra-Afghan dialogue that result in “political engagement” of all Afghan groups.

Jaishankar thanked Iran for its efforts to help reach a comprehensive political solution for Afghanistan.

The Indian foreign minister tweeted that he held “useful discussion” with Zarif.

Resource: MNA
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