Prime Minister Narendra Modi Accorded Ceremonial Welcome in Iran

Prime Minister Narendra Modi was on Monday (May 23) accorded a ceremonial welcome as he met Iranian President Hassan Rouhani for talks to deepen trade, investment and energy ties. Modi, the first Prime Minister to visit Iran on a bilateral visit in 15 years, was received by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on the forecourts of Saadabad Palace – the seat of executive in Iran. Military bands played national anthems of the two countries after which Modi inspected guard of honour. Following this, the two leaders had a 30-minute restricted meeting to discuss bilateral issues of strategic and business importance. Delegation-level talks followed it, leading to signing of agreements on development of Chahabar port on southern coast of Iran, setting up of an aluminium smelter plant and rail line.

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