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Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi (L) and Indian Minister for External Affairs S.M. Krishna shake hands after a joint press conference in New Delhi, May 31, 2012.

Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi (L) and Indian Minister for External Affairs S.M. Krishna shake hands after a joint press conference in New Delhi, May 31, 2012.

Deputy Speaker of the Delhi Legislative Assembly Amrish Singh Gautam says Iran and India are two historical and strategic allies. “Iran and India have deep historical and cultural relations and currently seek to expand political and economic ties,” Gautam said on Saturday. He added that the recent visit by the Iranian foreign minister Ali Akbar Salehi showed amicable relations between the two important countries in the region despite foreign interference. Salehi arrived in New Delhi on Thursday morning on an official two-day visit to hold talks with the country’s senior officials and to extend Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s invitation to Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to attend the 16th summit of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), slated to be held in Tehran on August 26-31. Gautam noted that Tehran and New Delhi enjoy cordial and broad ties in various fields, particularly in the energy sector. The Indian official pointed to joint cooperation between Tehran and New Delhi in the reconstruction of the war-torn Afghanistan and stated, “Close cooperation between Iran and India is useful for the region in general and the whole world.” SF/HJL/AZ
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