The President-elect of Iran has invited India to the swearing-in ceremony.

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By: Priyanka Sikdar

Last Update: 2021-07-10 13:05:49 IST

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Raisi was "quite cordial" in his first meeting with External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, who stopped in Tehran on his way to Russia on Wednesday and was one of the first foreign dignitaries to call on the president-elect, according to sources.

The President-elect of Iran has invited India to the swearing-in ceremony.

The Indian Express has learned that Iran's new President-elect Ebrahim Raisi has invited India to his inauguration ceremony on August 5.

Raisi was "quite cordial" in his first meeting with External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, who stopped in Tehran on his way to Russia on Wednesday and was one of the first foreign dignitaries to call on the president-elect, according to sources. Raisi also received a personal message from Prime Minister Narendra Modi, which Jaishankar delivered.

The participation — which government of India delegate will attend the oath-taking ceremony in Tehran — will be decided soon. “It will be an opportunity to strengthen ties, especially when the new leadership has taken office,” he says.

On August 5, the second anniversary of the repeal of Article 370 and the division of Jammu and Kashmir into two Union Territories, which Iran had strongly opposed.

On Wednesday, Jaishankar met with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif for “useful” discussions on regional and global concerns. According to reports, the two ministers discussed the growing situation in Afghanistan, as well as the situation in the Gulf area and the prospects of the Vienna discussions on renewing the Iran nuclear deal and the Chabahar port project.

According to Iranian media, the two discussed the importance of bolstering intra-Afghan discussion in order to achieve a comprehensive political cooperation in Afghanistan. Iran, together with Russia, has played a key role in the Afghan peace process, which has gained new traction in the wake of the US troop pullout from Afghanistan on September 11.

On Wednesday, Iran hosted an intra-Afghan debate, with YunusQanuni, Afghanistan's former foreign minister, leading the Afghan team. According to the IRNA news agency, the Taliban delegation was led by Shir Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai, the deputy leader of the Taliban's political office.

 

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