Days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi completed a four-nation tour of West Asia and the Gulf region, India will play host to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani from Thursday.
Analysts view Rouhani’s visit as an outcome of India’s deft manoeuvring of new alignments in the volatile region which hosts about 7 million expatriate Indians, and is a source of valuable foreign remittances and energy for India.
Rouhani’s three-day visit is his first to India since he took office in August 2013. “President Rouhani will be accorded a ceremonial reception on 17 February,” an Indian foreign ministry statement said on Wednesday.
“During the forthcoming visit of the President of Iran, both sides would review the progress achieved in bilateral relations and also exchange views on regional and international issues of mutual interest,” it said. “Besides his official engagements in Delhi, President Rouhani will also visit Hyderabad,” it added. Read More…