EAM Jaishankar to represent India at Iran President Raisi's oath-taking ceremony 

Written By: Sidhant Sibal WION
New Delhi  Published: Aug 02, 2021, 01:10 PM(IST)

S Jaishankar meets with Iran's leadership (file photo). Photograph:( Twitter )

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External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar will visit Iran this week to represent India at the oath-taking ceremony of the new Iran President Ebrahim Raisi. The ceremony will take place in Tehran on August 5. It will see participation by several heads of government and foreign ministers 

External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar will visit Iran this week to represent India at the oath-taking ceremony of the new Iran President Ebrahim Raisi. The ceremony will take place in Tehran on August 5, which will see participation by several heads of government and foreign ministers. 

This will be Jaishankar's second visit to Iran in a matter of a month. Last month, he had visited Iran while going to Moscow. During the stopover, he called on President-elect Ebrahim Raisi, who is the first foreign minister to be slated to become president. During his meeting with the Iranian President-elect, he handed over a personal message from Indian PM Narendra Modi. 

In a tweet after the meet, Indian EAM said, "Deeply value his strong commitment to strengthen our bilateral ties and expand cooperation on regional and global issues." 

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He also held talks with Iran's foreign minister Zarif during which Afghanistan was the key focus. Iranian foreign ministry in a statement said, "The two sides also stressed on the need to strengthen intra-Afghan dialogue in Afghanistan, which leads to a comprehensive political solution". 

Iran is the key to India's connectivity to the west due to the Chabahar port in which New Delhi has invested. The port provides connectivity to Afghanistan, Central Asia and will be part of the North-South International transport corridor that connects Mumbai with Moscow. 

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