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India-Iran joint statement: 'Determined to combat terrorism and extremism'

PM Modi also said that he wants to see his neighbours free of terrorism. "Both India and Iran also want neighbour Afghanistan safe and prosper," he added.

Reported by: India TV News Desk, New Delhi [ Updated: February 17, 2018 18:19 IST ]
Image Source : PTI PM Modi and President Rouhani

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Iran President Hassan Rouhani on Saturday vowed to fight the menace of terrorism and extremism. Rohani is on a three day visit to India. 

PM Modi also said that he wants to see his neighbours free of terrorism. "Both India and Iran also want neighbour Afghanistan safe," he added.

Earlier in the day, both the countries inked nine pacts, including one on double taxation avoidance. The two leaders also deliberated on regional situations during their wide-ranging talks. 

Modi said the visit by the Iranian president shows how the two sides want to deepen cooperation in key areas, including connectivity. 

Giving details of their comprehensive talks, Modi said they discussed threats posed by terrorism, drug trafficking and other challenges. 

On his part, Rouhani said, "We are determined to combat terrorism and extremism." The Iranian leader also said that regional conflicts must be resolved through diplomacy and political initiatives. 

PM Modi also appreciated the way the Iranian leader provided leadership in developing strategically-important Chabahar Port. 

Apart from tax pact, the two sides also exchanged instrument to ratify the extradition treaty as well as to simplify visa process. 

Earlier on Saturday, Rouhani, who arrived here on Friday evening from Hyderabad, was accorded a ceremonial welcome at the Rashtrapati Bhavan.

This the first presidential visit from Iran to India in 10 years and comes after the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the West Asian nation in 2016.

Following the ceremony at the Rashtrapati Bhavan, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj also called on the visiting dignitary.

On Friday, Rouhani addressed a congregation of Muslims after performing Friday prayers at the historic Mecca Masjid in Hyderabad.

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