New Delhi, Feb. 10: President Pranab Mukherjee on Wednesday said the relations between India and Iran are built on civilisational and cultural ties that span centuries.  “We consider Iran a close friend and look forward to enhancing our relationship into a more collaborative partnership across diverse areas of our shared interest,” he said while extending his greetings and felicitations to the government and people of the Islamic Republic of Iran on the eve of the 37th Anniversary of the Islamic Revolution of Iran (February 11, 2016).

“On behalf of the Government and the people of India and on my own behalf, it is with great pleasure that I convey warm greetings and best wishes to Your Excellency and to the Government and people of Iran on the occasion of the 37th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution of Iran,” he said in a message to Iranian President Dr. Hassan Rouhani. (Also Read: President Pranab Mukherjee lauds indomitable spirit of Siachen miracle soldier)

President Mukherjee expressed his delight to note that the bilateral ties between both nations have strengthened considerably during Dr. Rouhani’s leadership.  “India believes that a fruitful engagement between our two nations will be beneficial for the stability and prosperity of the entire region. Please accept, Excellency, our sincere wishes for your personal good health and well being as well as for the progress and prosperity of the friendly people of Iran,” he added.