President Calls for Expansion of Iran-India Cooperation

A01981403.jpgIranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said bolstering cooperation between Tehran and New Delhi would serve regional peace and security, adding that Iran does not perceive any restriction for expanding ties with India.Ahmadinejad made the remarks in a meeting with Indian Minister for External Affairs Pranab Mukherjee on the sidelines of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) ministerial meeting on ‘Human Rights and Cultural Diversity’ here in Tehran on Monday.

In the meeting, the Iranian president stressed that Tehran welcomes boosting of cooperation with India in all the various areas, and pointed to trade, energy, science, technology and culture as among the existing grounds for developing mutual relations.

He further described Iran-India relations as profound, historical and everlasting, and underlined that Tehran and New Delhi would side with each other forever.

The Indian minister, for his part, said his country attaches special significance to relations with the Islamic Republic of Iran, and assured that no issue could undermine the two countries’ profound and extensive ties.

“India is relentlessly waiting for the finalization of the Peace Pipeline contract,” Mukherjee said, pointing to a several-bln-dollar project to take Iran’s gas to India via Pakistan.

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