Iranian Foreign Minister Ali-Akbar Salehi says numerous commonalities between Iran and India provide a solid foundation for the development of ties between the two countries.
Salehi made the remarks in a Saturday meeting with Indian External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid ahead of the 17th meeting of the Iran-India Joint Economic Commission.
“Iran-India relations go back… [a long way] and the two nations’ have common origin, language, history and culture, and these commonalities can be invested in,” Salehi said.
Salehi added that the two countries have always enjoyed good relations and that no barrier can impede the enhancement of their ties.
He expressed Iran’s readiness to boost cooperation with India in different fields, including economic, trade, agricultural, industrial and educational areas.
The Indian official, for his part, stressed vast commonalities between the two countries and described Iran-India relations as significant, ancient and solid.
Khurshid added that India was resolute to explore and use common potentials for cooperation, saying the joint economic commission of the two countries provides suitable groundwork for reaching further agreements and implementing already signed ones.
Among other issues discussed at the meeting between the two ministers was cooperation in transportation, transit, the North-South Transport Corridor, energy and consular facilities.
The two sides underlined the need for constant consultation between the two countries on regional and international issues and described the situation in Afghanistan and Syria as critical.
Salehi said that the ongoing crises in the two countries were the result of foreign interference and support for extremists, underlining the need for the end of violence and the start of political dialog to resolve tensions.
Khurshid also urged the end of violence in Syria and said Syrians should be allowed to determine their own fate.