Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday left on a two-day official visit to Iran at the invitation of President Hassan Rouhani. Prime Minister earlier today said that he was looking forward to the conclusion of the trilateral Chabahar agreement, a deal which opens up a route to land-locked Afghanistan with which New Delhi has developed close security and economic ties.
Stating that his meeting with President Rouhani and Supreme Leader of Iran Ayatollah Ali Khamenei would provide an opportunity to advance the strategic partnership between the two nations, he asserted that enhancing connectivity, trade, investments, energy partnership, culture and people to people contacts would be his priority.
Prime Minister Modi's visit will mainly focus on connectivity and infrastructure, energy partnership with Tehran and boosting bilateral trade. It will help in promoting regular consultations on peace and stability, particularly in the region and extended neighbourhood.
India, Iran and Afghanistan will sign an agreement on developing Chabahar port on May 23. The port will be a game changer for regional connectivity, especially for Afghanistan, which can find an assured and reliable alternative access to India via sea.
The route will also significantly enhance prospects for India's connectivity with Afghanistan, Central Asia and beyond through synergies with other initiatives touching the region such as North-South transport corridor. Prime Minister Modi's first tour to Iran will feature discussions on terrorism in the region as well as on India's desire to secure energy assets for a fast growing economy.