Iranian President Hassan Rouhani arrives in Hyderabad

Hassan Rouhani

Iranian president to begin his India visit from Hyderabad

The Iranian president left Tehran for India's Hyderabad on Thursday morning for the official 3-day trip aimed at strengthening the bilateral ties and reciprocating a visit two years ago by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He will be landing in Hyderabad on Thursday where he will address a gathering of Muslim intellectuals and clerics before meeting the prime minister in Delhi.

After offering Friday prayers, Rouhani will address a congregation at the historic Mecca Masjid in Hyderabad.

"Iranian President Hassan Rouhani will travel to India on February 15", the Iranian Students' News Agency (ISNA) said.

Dr Rouhani will also meet President Ram Nath Kovind and Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu during his stay in the national capital.

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India, Iran and Afghanistan have already signed an agreement to give Indian goods, heading toward Central Asia and Afghanistan, preferential treatment and tariff reductions at the Chabahar port city in southern Iran. Religious scholars from different schools of thought will also participate in the session.

He is also scheduled to visit Salarjung Museum, famous for the world's largest one man collection of artefacts. "After completing his schedule here, he will leave for New Delhi on Saturday", said a diplomatic source. Both India and Iran are set to discuss regional and global issues of mutual interest.

Indian sources have quoted the South Asian country's Ministry of External Affairs as saying that Rouhani and Modi will "review the progress achieved in bilateral relations and also exchange views on regional and global issues of mutual interest". This is the second time Rouhani will be visiting Hyderabad, but it is his first visit after assuming charge as the president.

During his visit, the Iranian President will talk about the latest regional and global developments with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other leaders. Both sides signed "The New Delhi Declaration", which set forth the vision of strategic partnership between the countries.

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