PM Narendra Modi meets Iranian President Hassan Rouhani
Prime Minister Narendra Modi met Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Thursday in New York. During the meeting, the two leaders discussed various issues related to mutual and regional interests.
There was a long wait for the two leaders to meet, as the meeting was held in the backdrop of tensions between Iran and the US over Tehran’s nuclear program. The meeting between PM Modi and Rouhani is considered to be very important amidst the embargo imposed on Iran by the US.
The two leaders could not meet due to programmatic schedules on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit held in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan in June.
India is the world’s third largest oil consumer and meets about 80 percent of its oil needs through imports. Until recently, Iran was its third largest supplier after Iraq and Saudi Arabia.
Prime Minister Modi visited Tehran in May 2016 to expand India’s relations with Iran and West Asia. Around a dozen agreements were signed by India and Iran during the visit. They also included an agreement on the development of the strategic Chabahar port. Later India, Iran and Afghanistan signed a tripartite agreement to transport goods through the port.
Rouhani visited India in February 2018. He was the first Iranian President to visit India in the last decade. During their visit, a dozen agreements were signed by both sides.
PM Modi was visited America from September 21. He first arrived in Houston and addressed the Indian community at the Howdy Modi program. US President Donald Trump also shared the stage with PM Modi at the event.