The new President-elect of Iran Ebrahim Raisi invited India for his swearing-in ceremony on August 5.
The invitation to India after Jaishankar made a stop off in Iran’s capital Tehran en route to Russia and met the president-elect. Jaishankar passed a personal message from Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the new President-elect.
The Indian External Affairs Minister was the first foreign official who met the president-elect before he assumed the office of President.
According to some sources, PM Modi invited Raisi to visit India when the Coronavirus condition in both countries will be under control.
“Thank President-elect Ebrahim Raisi for his gracious welcome. Passed over a personal message from PM Modi. Appreciate his warm sentiments for India,” Jaishankar tweeted.
Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said that India’s foreign minister met the Russian diplomats after meeting President-elect Raisi and the foreign minister of Iran Javad Zarif.
The Indian foreign minister and Iran’s Foreign Minister discussed issues to deepen ties between the two nations. Development in Chabahar ports and the emerging state of Afghanistan was discussed.
The Iranian Foreign Ministry said that bilateral issues of mutual interest, the deteriorating situation in Afghanistan, the prospects for the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), were on the agenda of talks.
Jaishankar talked about India’s interests in peace, stability, and security in the West Asian region. The situation in Afghanistan was also discussed. Both nations also discussed joint connectivity initiatives in the region. The International North-South Transport Corridor (INSTC) and development on Chabahar Port were also discussed.
The Indian Foreign Ministry added that revival of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) is also necessary. The JCPOA is an agreement between Iran and P5+1 (China, France, Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom, the United States, and the European Union, or the EU). The revival of the JCPOA will ease many sanctions on the Iranian regime, which may directly or indirectly help India.