Prime Minister Narendra Modi held “substantive” talks with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Saturday to boost cooperation in key areas of security, trade and energy, after which the two sides inked nine pacts, including one on double taxation avoidance. Addressing a joint press event with Rouhani, Modi said the visit by the Iranian president shows how the two sides want to deepen cooperation in key areas, including connectivity. Giving details of their comprehensive talks, Modi said they discussed threats posed by terrorism, drug trafficking and other challenges.
The Iranian leader said regional conflicts must be resolved through diplomacy and political initiatives. PM Modi also appreciated the way the Iranian leader provided leadership in developing the strategically important Chabahar Port. Apart from tax pact, the two sides also exchanged instrument to ratify the extradition treaty as well as to simplify visa process. Earlier, Rouhani was given a ceremonial welcome at Rashtrapati Bhavan. In the morning, external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj called on Rouhani and discussed various issues with him.