Iranian FM, Indian VP Meet in New Delhi, Discuss Broad Issues

TEHRAN (Tasnim) - Iranian foreign minister in a Friday meeting with India’s vice president elaborated on the Islamic Republic’s general foreign policy stances, and mulled over the other issues of mutual interest.

Iranian FM, Indian VP Meet in New Delhi, Discuss Broad Issues

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, now in India for an official visit, held a meeting with the Indian vice president, Hamid Ansari, in capital New Delhi on Friday morning.

The Iranian top diplomat arrived in the populous Asian country earlier on Thursday on a two-day official visit.

During the get-together this morning, Zarif elaborated on the foreign policy pursued by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s administration, and discussed Tehran-New Delhi mutual cooperation, as well as regional and international developments with the Indian vice president.

Moreover, Zarif expressed the hope that Iran and India would forge stronger partnership in the political, economic and cultural arenas in light of their long-standing friendship.

Ansari, for his part, touched upon the historical ties between Iran and India, and emphasized the need for the enhancement of bilateral relations.

The Indian vice president also hailed Iran’s “strategic role” in providing security across the region.

Upon his arrival in New Delhi earlier on Thursday morning, Zarif had described the purpose of his India tour to boost ties between the two countries.

He has also announced that Iran attaches great importance to its relations with India.

In past few years, India and Iran have been working towards developing energy and economic cooperation. India is among Asia’s major importers of energy and relies on Iran to meet a portion of its energy demand.

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