Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs met with his Indian counterpart on Thursday, discussing the most important issues of mutual interest in bilateral, regional, and international arenas.

Iran PressAsia: Heading a high-ranking delegation, Ali Bagheri is in New Delhi for political consultations with deputies of the Indian Foreign Ministry.

Bagheri and Vinay Mohan Kwatra discussed the most important issues of mutual interest in bilateral, regional, and international arenas.

The Iranian and Indian officials also held talks over ways of expanding political relations between the two sides, including the exchange of high-ranking delegations and the upcoming meeting of the Joint Commission on Economic Cooperation between Tehran and New Delhi as well as the business council of Iran and India. The talks were aimed at boosting trade exchanges and also paving the way for Indian investment in the Iranian port city of Chabahar.

They further discussed regional issues, including the situation in Afghanistan, the fight against terrorism and narcotics, the North-South corridor, and ways of strengthening multilateral cooperation, including within the framework of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization.

Bagheri said bilateral and multilateral cooperation between Iran and India will help bolster peace and stability in the region and counter unilateralism and the intervention of foreign countries in the internal affairs of the region.

He said continuous consultations between Iran and India on various issues and cooperation in the fields of mutual interest, especially regional issues, is not a choice, but an undeniable must to secure the national interests of both nations.

Bagheri noted that this will, in practice, deny extra-regional states the opportunity to exploit the absence of cooperation between regional nations in order to impose their own arrangements in line with their illegitimate interests and greedy policies on countries in the region.

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