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‘Iran reliable energy, economic partner for India’|
Fri May 11, 2012
India’s Minister of State for External Affairs E. Ahmed has lauded trade relations with Iran, describing Tehran as a reliable partner for New Delhi in the economic and energy sectors.
The Indian official made the remarks during a meeting with Iran's Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi on the sidelines of a Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) ministerial meeting in Egypt on Thursday.
During the meeting, Salehi and Ahmed discussed the latest regional and international developments and reviewed bilateral relations in various areas.
The Indian official further said that Tehran-New Delhi cooperation in the energy sector is highly significant and to the benefit of the two countries as well as regional states.
He also referred to the common cultural interests between the two countries and said Iran-India relations are moving well ahead in all political, economic, cultural, industrial and energy areas.
Salehi, for his part, said the bilateral relations and cooperation between Iran and India are moving forward on the right track.
He described ‘the strong’ determination of the two states as the key factor in the further expansion of mutual cooperation, based on common heritage and roots.
Referring to the upcoming joint commission of the two countries, Iran’s top diplomat said the body could provide a suitable framework for regulating comprehensive cooperation, in particular, with respect to energy.
He also underlined the need for multilateral and regional cooperation, especially in the field of transit and transportation within the framework of communication corridors in the region.
Salehi arrived in the Egyptian resort town of Sharm al-Sheikh Tuesday night to attend a two-day ministerial meeting of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), which started on Wednesday.
The Coordinating Bureau ministerial meeting is a preparation for the NAM summit to be later held in Iran late August.
On the sidelines of the meeting, Salehi also held talks with his counterparts from different countries including Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, North Korea and Yemen. Salehi returned to Iran on Thursday night.
NAM, an international organization with 120 member states, is considered as not formally aligned with or against any major power bloc. It represents nearly two-thirds of the UN members.