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This will be Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s first visit to India after he assumed office in 2013.
Rouhani's First Visit After Assuming Office
This will be Iranian President Haasan Rouhani's first visit to India after he assumed office in 2013. It comes after Modi's visit to Tehran in 2016 during which a trilateral agreement on transit and transport was signed between India, Iran and Afghanistan.
India committed $85 million in investment for the development of the Shahid Beheshti Port in Iran's southeastern city of Chabahar.
The first phase of the port was inaugurated by President Rouhani in December last year, a little over a month after the first consignment of wheat from India to Afghanistan was sent via this facility.
The port opens a new strategic transit route between Iran, India, Afghanistan and other Central Asian nations bypassing Pakistan.
India-Iran bilateral trade stood at $12.89 billion in 2016-17, according to figures provided by the External Affairs Ministry.
Security Tightened in Hyderabad
Tight security arrangements will be in place for President Rouhani, who is arriving on Thursday for his three-day visit to India, officials said.
Officials of Iranian and Indian security agencies were busy giving final touches to the security during his stay in Hyderabad for two days.
The agencies in coordination with the Hyderabad police will be making fool-proof arrangements at the historic Makkah Masjid, where the Iranian President will be addressing a congregation after Friday prayers.
Rouhani will be the first head of a state to address a congregation at the 17th century mosque, one of the biggest in India. After offering the prayers along with ministers and top officials accompanying him, he will address the gathering in the sprawling courtyard of the mosque, which can accommodate about 10,000 worshippers.
President Rouhani Leaves Tehran to Begin Three-Day Visit
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has left from Tehran to begin his three-day visit to India, according to Iranian News Agency IRNA.
Rouhani will be accompanied by officials including Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, Petroleum Minister Bijan Zanganeh, Minister of Road and Urban Development Abbas Akhundi, Minister of Industry, Mines and Trade Mohammad Shariatmadari and Chief of staff of Iran's President Mahmoud Vaezi for his visit.
Rouhani will land at the Begumpet Airport around 4 pm on Thursday where Union Minister of State for Power RK Singh will welcome him.
"He is scheduled to address Muslim intellectuals, scholars and clerics at 6.30 pm," an official source told PTI.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani Arrives in Hyderabad
President of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Hassan Rouhani arrived in Hyderabad along with his high-ranking political-economic delegation on Thursday to mark the beginning of his three-day visit to India.
Union Minister of State for Power RK Singh and Telangana and Andhra Pradesh Governor ESL Narasimhan received Rouhani at the Begumpet airport.
"Rouhani is scheduled to address Muslim intellectuals, scholars and clerics in the city at 6:30 pm today," an official said.
Rouhani will offer Friday prayers at Makkah Masjid on 16 February and will be visiting the Golconda Fort and Salar Jung Museum as well.
President Rouhani will be in Hyderabad for two days and will be accompanied by a 21-member delegation. He will also meet people of Iranian-origin living in Hyderabad.
India Living Example of Co-Existence: Rouhani
Citing India as a living example of peaceful co-existence of people of different religious and ethnicities, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani called for unity between Shias and Sunnis.
Stating that there can be no military solution to conflicts, he said that Iran seeks brotherly relations with all the Muslims nations and the countries of the region including India.
Addressing Muslim leaders and scholars belonging to different Islamic schools of thought in Hyderbad on Thursday, his half an hour long speech was focused on calling for the unity among the Shias and Sunnis while holding the West responsible for sowing the seeds of discords among various sects of Muslims.
India is a living museum of different ethnicities and religions peacefully co-existing. This process is going on for centuries. Shia, Sunnis, Sufis, Hindus, Sikhs and others are living together. They together built their country and built their civilisation.Rouhani said in his speech in Persian
He noted that India and Iran have historical and cultural relations which go beyond political and economic ties and the people of the two great countries share the same historical roots.
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