Iran will adhere to nuclear deal till last breath: Rouhani

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani have agreed to step up efforts to bring stability to war-ravaged Afghanistan. The contract was signed by Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari and Iranian Transport Minister Abbas Akhundi after the leaders of the two nations met in New Delhi.

In their latest round of talks, Rouhani and Modi expressed their respective countries' preparedness for the enhancement of the relations at the Indian prime minister's Hyderabad House in the Indian capital, indicating a return to the height of relations in the early 2000s and a possible crafting of a strategic relationship between the two nations.

The port, which was inaugurated in December, has been touted as a way for India to establish trade routes that bypass its rival Pakistan.

China is now developing Gwadar port, in Pakistan, which also gives China a way into Africa.

Maritime agreement on Chabahar Port and document on Shahid Beheshti port.

In 2013, the United States continued insistence that India should abstain from buying Iranian crude and that New Delhi should completely freeze its economic and financial transactions with Iran.

Rouhani said it was incumbent on the countries' politicians to deepen the historical amity between the nations in all cultural, economic, and commercial areas.

In April through January, the first 10 months of this fiscal year, India imported about 17 percent less Iranian oil at about 442,800 bpd.

At the ORF lecture, Rouhani also made it clear that Tehran had every intention of remaining committed to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action - the nuclear deal signed in 2015 between Iran, the P5+1 countries and the European Union - that US President Donald Trump had decertified in October, sending shock waves globally and sparking apprehensions of renewed sanctions on the oil-producing country. "Both leaders held a substantive & productive discussion on cooperation in trade & investment, energy, connectivity, defence & security & regional issues", MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted.

Noting the complementarity of interests and natural partnership in the energy sector, it was agreed to move beyond traditional buyer-seller relationship and develop it into a long term strategic partnership, both sides agreed to continue and increase the pace of negotiation for reaching appropriate results on energy cooperation, including Farzad B gas field.

Rouhani began his three-day India visit after his arrival in Hyderabad on Thursday evening.

Trying to reflect on growing congruence in bilateral ties, the Iranian leader said that the two sides deliberated on a range of pressing bilateral, regional and global issues but did not disagree on even a "single topic".

  • Rogelio Becker