India, Iran, Afghanistan ink historic trilateral transit pact
TEHRAN: PM Modi, the first Indian Prime Minister to visit Iran in 15 years, offered his obeisance at the Bhai Ganga Singh Sabha Gurudwara and spoke to the head priest.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today began his crucial two-day visit to Iran with a visit to the capital city’s only functioning gurudwara.PM applauded the efforts of the Sikh community in the Persian Gulf nation for preserving and spreading the culture and tradition of India.
India, Iran and Afghanistan have inked a historic trilateral transit agreement in the Iranian capital Tehran this evening. The pact was signed by representatives of the three countries in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, President Hassan Rouhani of Iran and the Afghan President Ashraf Ghani after their formal talks in the Saadabad Palace.
The trilateral agreement would facilitate hassles-free transport of goods between India and Afghanistan via the Chabahar port that is strategically located in the South East of Iran. Earlier today, India and Iran have signed an agreement for the development of the first phase of Chabahar port by India. It would be operated for a specific period by India.
Durin his visit Modi said “My Iran visit is starting with the blessings before the Guru Granth Sahib at this gurudwara. I am fortunate. I greet you all for having worked on spreading our culture and tradition as well as educating our young generation here.
“We accept all the people as our own and absorb them in our society because we believe in the philosophy of ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’ — the entire world is one family.Animated by this spirit, we Indians make every country our home,” PM Modi said.