President Rouhani arrived in Hyderabad, capital of India’s Telangana state at the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s official invitation.
In this visit that is taking place to deepen bilateral relations in response to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s last year visit to Tehran, Dr Hassan Rouhani will first visit Hyderabad and then head for New Delhi.
Meeting with Muslim scholars of Hyderabad and southern India, visiting cultural and religious centres, as well as meeting with Iranian students are among President’s most important programmes.
The official invitation ceremony will be held by the President and Prime Minister of the Republic of India on Saturday in New Delhi and the high-ranking delegations of Iran and India will meet and sign several memoranda of understanding. Dr Rouhani will leave New Delhi for Tehran late on Saturday.
Before leaving for India, the Iranian president said at Mehrabad Airport: “The visit is taking place in response to the honourable Indian Prime Minister’s last year visit to Tehran. In addition to meeting with the prime minister and president and some other officials, cooperation agreements will be signed between government officials of the two countries and entrepreneurs and businesspeople”.
Dr Rouhani added: “In addition to these programmes, we will meet with Islamic elites of India to explain our foreign policy, and we will have speeches and meet with Islamic scholars and Muslims in this country”.
The president said: “Basically, Iran’s relations with India are fundamentally important for both countries. The two sides have historical and long-standing relations that have always relied on cultural and scientific interactions between the two countries”.
Dr Rouhani pointed out that the Persian language was one of the most common languages in entire Indian subcontinent a few centuries back and had an effective role in expanding and deepening the scientific and cultural interactions of both sides.
“In addition to these, the two countries have had economic, cultural, communications, telecommunication, health, industry, and agricultural ties, which will continue and further develop” continued Rouhani.