Iranian Ambassador Gholam Reza Ansari said an invitation to Modi to visit Iran has already been extended. "We hope that it materialises soon to give the required impetus to bilateral ties and to firm up a strategic partnership," Ansari said.

Lauding India for extending all possible help to Iran during the sanctions regime, Ansari said, "It has brought us together. India opened a credit line which helped in easing economic pressure on the regime," adding that India's dues of USD 8 billion can be utilized for setting up major developmental projects in Iran.

Bilateral trade even during the sanctions period stood at USD 15 billion and can rise manifold with the lifting of sanctions.

“A great potential of cooperation exists between India and Iran. Iran offers access to India through the Chahbahar and Bandar Abbas ports and through the north-south corridor to Central Asia, Afghanistan, Russia, the Caucasus region and even Turkey. This apart, Iran and India also share identical views on Afghanistan”, Ansari added.


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