The Trilateral Transport & Transit Corridor will be a corridor of peace & prosperity, says PM Modi

Tehran: India and Iran on Monday signed 12 agreements, including a historic deal to develop the Chabahar port in Iran, after a meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Hassan Rouhani.


Addressing the media during a joint statement, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the agreement to develop the Chabahar port and related infrastructure and availability of about $500 million from India is a key milestone.
Visiting Iran is a great privilege, said Modi adding, “India and Iran are not new friends, our ‘dosti’ is as old as history. We have shared interests in each other’s growth and prosperity, joys and sorrows.”
Further, he said that the agenda and scope of partnership between the two countries is truly substantial. “We exchanged views on the emerging regional situation and global issues of common concern. We also have shared concerns at the spread of forces of instability, radicalism and terror in our region,” Modi said.
PM Modi also recalled that Iran was first country to come forward when earthquake had struck Gujarat when he was the chief minister.
“Later today we will sign a trilateral transport and transit agreement in partnership with India, Iran and Afghanistan,” the Prime Minister said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi was accorded a ceremonial welcome on Monday as he met Rouhani for talks to deepen trade, investment and energy ties.
(With agency inputs)
18:40 PM
Ashraf Ghani spoke about the Chabahar port Agreement saying, “Hundred years from now historians will remember this day as the start of regional cooperation. We wanted to prove that geography is not our destiny. With our will we can change geography.”

17:57 PM
Excerpts from PM Modi;s speech
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PM closes: Trade & transit routes should only be a starting point of full spectrum connectivity. It is a pledge to: pic.twitter.com/XBKYLqj7fq
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17:56 PM
PM Modi on Chabahar port agreement
-Today, the watch-words of international ties are trust not suspicion; cooperation, not dominance; inclusivity, not exclusion.
-This is also the guiding philosophy and driving spirit of the Chahbahar Agreement. This will be a corridor of peace and prosperity.
-Amidst the landscape of political turmoil and economic stress, our three countries are blessed with the most potent resource – our youth
-The economic fruits of the Chahbahar Agreement will expand trade, attract investment, build infrastructure, develop industry & create jobs for our youth.
-The Agreement will strengthen our ability to stand against those whose only motto is to maim and kill innocents

17:50 PM
Excerpts from PM Modi’s speech:
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PM: The Agreement on the establishment of a Trilateral Transport & Transit Corridor can alter the course of history of this region.
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17:41 PM
PM Modi thanked Ashraf Ghani and said they both had detailed discussion on various issues. here are excerpts of his speech.
-Today we are witnessing creation of history for the entire region
-The agenda for economic engagement is a clear priority for us (India-Iran)
-We stand together in unity for our purpose with peace and unity being our common goal
-We want to link with the world but better connectivity among ourselves is also a priority.
-Our societies never lost touch with each other
-The Trilateral agreement can change the course the history of our region

17:36 PM
President Rouhani at Press Conference: Bahar means ‘spring’ and I hope this port means spring for all of us. With our joint investments, we can connect India to Afghanistan, Central Asia and Europe. Today will henceforth be called the Day of Chabahar.

17:29 PM
Ceremonial signing of trilateral agreement between India, Afghanistan and Iran on transport and transit taking place in Tehran.
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Tehran (Iran): Ceremonial signing of trilateral agreement between India, Afghanistan & Iran on transport & transit.
5:26 PM – 23 May 2016
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17:26 PM
Building an Arc of Prosperity in Asia. PM Modi with Presidents Rouhani and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani at Trilateral Summit.
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Building an Arc of Prosperity in Asia. PM @narendramodi with Presidents Rouhani & @ashrafghani at Trilateral Summit
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16:28 PM
PM Narendra Modi meets Afghan President Ashraf Ghani in Tehran.
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Tehran(Iran): PM Narendra Modi meets Afghan President Ashraf Ghani
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14:00 PM
PM Modi ended his address with a couplet by the poet Ghalib to describe the #India-#Iran relationship.

13:39 PM
PM Modi during joint address
Through the ages, the beauty and richness of the Persian heritage have attracted the world to Iran.
On behalf of 1.25 billion Indians, I extend warm greetings to the people of Iran.

For me visiting Iran is a great privilege.

India and Iran are not new friends, our friendship is as old as history.

Our society is connected through ideas, arts, culture and tradition.

As friends and neighbours, we have shared interests in each other’s growth and prosperity, joys and sorrows.

We can never forget that Iran was the first country to come forward to help when my state Gujarat was struck by an earthquake.

India is proud to have stood with Iran during its difficult times.

I complement the leadership of Iran for their farsighted diplomacy.

The agreements signed today have opened a new chapter in the relations between the two countries.

We exchanged views on the emerging regional situation and global issues of common concern.

The agenda and scope of our partnership is truly substantial

Agreement to develop the Chahbahar port & related infrastructure & availability of about $ 500 million from India is a key milestone.

We also have shared concerns at the spread of forces of instability, radicalism and terror in our region.

13:32 PM
PM Narendra Modi & Iranian President Hassan Rouhani deliver joint statement in Tehran.
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Economic relationship between countries can become much bigger compared to the past.

We have always attached great important to our relations with India, a major power.

Chabahar can become very big symbol of cooperation between Iran and India.

We discussed about political issues and how we can cooperate on intelligence sharing in our fight against terrorism.

13:23 PM
Here are the 12 agreements between India & Iran.

13:22 PM
The building bricks of a wide ranging partner’s. PM Modi & President Rouhani witness signing of agreements. (Pic- MEA)

10:32 AM
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Building an enduring partnership. PM @narendramodi and President Rouhani exchange ideas at a restricted tete-a-tete
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10:30 AM
Stepping forward with Iran. Official engagements begin with a ceremonial welcome by President Hassan Rouhani.