New Delhi, Feb 17: India and Iran, on the third day of President Hassan Rouhani‘s visit, signed 9 crucial agreements in the fields of trade and investment, energy, connectivity, defence and security. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his statement, said that the relations between two countries have strengthened in Rouhani’s regime. Extending his support to regional connectivity, PM Modi said that India will help Iran in developing its rail network.Also Read - Cannes 2022: PM Modi Hails India as Country of Honour, Says 'Cinema Showcases Human Emotions'

“We want to increase connectivity and trade. We want to strengthen our strong cultural ties. Landlocked Afghanistan has got a golden gateway in Chabahar… We will support the rail link,” Modi said. [Also read: Iran Ready to Share Oil, Gas, & Energy Resources with India, Says President Rouhani] Also Read - PM Narendra Modi Congratulates Indian Contingent For Best-Ever Performance At Deaflympics

India further emphasised that it will be supporting Iran to fully utilize the potential of the Chabahar Port. “With a view to fully utilize the potential of the Chabahar Port and its connectivity to Afghanistan and Central Asia, India conveyed its readiness to support the development of Chabahar- Zahedan Rail line. IRCON, India and CDTIC, Iran who are engaged in discussions, were tasked to finalise the technical parameters and financing options for the project in a time-bound manner,” stated a joint statement by both countries. [Also read: Iran ‘will not tolerate’ Trump Jerusalem ‘violation’: Rouhani] Also Read - PSI Recruitment Scam: Candidates Write Letter in Blood to PM Modi, Threaten to Join Terror Group if Denied Justice

Both leaders, Modi and Rouhani, also emphasised that there can be no justification whatsoever for any act of terrorism.” They (Modi and Rouhani) stressed that terrorism cannot and should not be associated with any religion, nationality or ethnic group. They urged an immediate end to all support and sanctuaries enjoyed by terrorist groups and individuals and were of the view that States that aid, abet and directly or indirectly support terrorism should be condemned,” read the statement.

Prime Minister Modi and President Rouhani also witnessed the exchange of the following documents:

  • Agreement for the Avoidance of Double Taxation and the Prevention of Fiscal Evasion with Respect to Taxes on Income
  • MoU on Exemption from Visa requirement for holders of Diplomatic Passport
  •  Instrument of Ratification of Extradition Treaty
  • MoU on Cooperation in the field of Traditional Systems of Medicine
  • MoU on the establishment of an Expert Group on Trade Remedy Measures to promote cooperation in areas of mutual interest
  •  MoU on Cooperation in the field of Agriculture and Allied Sectors
  •  MoU on Cooperation in the field of Health and Medicine
  • MoU on Postal Cooperation
  • Lease Contract for ShahidBeheshti Port-Phase 1 of Chabahar during Interim Period between Port and Maritime Organization (PMO), Iran and India Ports Global Limited (IPGL)

Rouhani supports India’s demand for veto rights in security council

Rouhani said that Iran will support India’s bid for veto rights in United Nations Security Council. “Why India with a population of over 1 billion doesn’t enjoy veto rights & why does the US have veto rights? Five countries who had atomic bombs were given the right of veto” said Rouhani