New Delhi, 9 June 2022 (TDI): Iranian Foreign Minister Amir Abdollahian met today with Indian External Affairs Minister, Subrahmanyam Jaishankar.

The meeting has two rounds of talks and a discussion of a broad range of issues of mutual interest between the two countries in strategic, political, economic, and cultural spheres.

Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian and Indian External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar also discussed the strengthening of bilateral relations and strategic affairs during delegation-level talks here.

The statement issued by the Minister of External Affairs of India said that two Ministers discussed the “entire gamut of bilateral relations including political, cultural and people to people ties” during the meeting.

The Ministry of the External Affairs of India “appreciated the role of Iran in facilitating India’s medical assistance to Afghanistan, including supply of Covid-19 vaccines to Afghan nationals residing in Iran”.

The Foreign Ministers also discussed international and regional issues, including Afghanistan. Afterward, the Iranian Foreign Minister held a meeting with Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi.

India-Iran bilateral cooperation

Both sides acknowledged the significance of bilateral cooperation in the field of regional connectivity and reviewed the progress made at the Shahid Beheshti terminal, Chabahar Port.

Iran and India agreed that the Chabahar Port has provided much-needed sea access to landlocked Afghanistan and has also emerged as a commercial transit hub for the region, including for Central Asia.

They also reaffirmed their commitment to continue to cooperate on the development of Chabahar Port.

Teams from both countries will be meeting soon to address operational aspects,”the Ministry statement said.

The two sides “reaffirmed the importance of providing immediate humanitarian assistance to the people of Afghanistan and reiterated the need for a representative and inclusive political system” in the war-torn nation, the statement noted.

The Iranian Minister also informed Jaishankar of the current situation pertaining to the 2015 nuclear deal, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), and exchanged views on the Russia-Ukraine war.

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