Tehran (IP) - Iran's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian met and exchanged views with Vinay Mohan Kwatra, India’s Foreign Secretary this Sunday afternoon.

Iran PressIran news: Amir-Abdollahian emphasized the determination of the leaders of both countries to develop bilateral relations.

The Indian foreign secretary in turn expressed satisfaction with the political consultations meeting between the two countries.

He stated: "The Indian government, at the highest levels, is firmly determined to enhance relations with the Islamic Republic of Iran."

He expressed hope that through the joint efforts of both nations, the volume of economic relations will increase across various sectors, including agriculture, fisheries, traditional medicine, and more.

Highlighting Iran's significant role in the West Asian region, the Indian foreign secretary reiterated his country's commitment to continue sending humanitarian aid to the Palestinian people.

18th round of Iran-India political consultations held in Tehran

The 18th round of political consultations between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Republic of India took place. Delegations from both countries' foreign ministries participated in the event.

The 18th round of political consultations between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Republic of India took place on Sunday morning in Tehran. Delegations from both countries' foreign ministries, led by Vinay Mohan Kwatra, the Indian Foreign Secretary, and Ali Bagheri, the Deputy Iranian Foreign Minister for Political Affairs, participated in the event.

During the four-hour meeting, a wide array of political, economic, and consular issues, along with regional and international developments, were discussed. The meeting also outlined the priorities for the upcoming period in the relations between the two countries.

Bagheri welcomed the growth and advancement of relations between Iran and India, emphasizing the need for establishing appropriate mechanisms to ensure sustained and strategic interactions.

He underscored the importance of expanding Tehran-New Delhi relations in multilateral and regional arenas, including within the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, BRICS, the United Nations, and its affiliated institutions.

Expressing appreciation for India's Global South initiative, Bagheri stressed the enhancement of people-to-people relations between the two countries, including fostering connections among intellectuals and elites in Iran and India. He stated the Islamic Republic of Iran's readiness to convene the 20th Joint Economic Commission at the earliest opportunity.

The Indian foreign secretary, for his part, extended gratitude to the Islamic Republic of Iran for hosting the talks and emphasized the Indian government's strong political will to elevate bilateral relations, highlighting Iran's significant position in India's foreign policy.

He further added: "India welcomes collaboration with Iran within the frameworks of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization and BRICS, and is prepared to enhance bilateral economic ties in diverse sectors such as agriculture, fisheries, and traditional medicine, among others."

Additionally, the high-ranking Indian official highlighted India's enthusiasm for fostering cultural, sporting, and scientific ties with both the public and private sectors of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

The meeting also delved into various regional issues, including recent developments in Gaza, and Afghanistan, the situation in the Caucasus region, and the conflict in Ukraine. 204

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