Prospect of Iran-India relations look bright: Iran FM
Salehi’s remarks came is a Thursday evening address to a gathering of Iranian nationals residing in New Delhi.
“India and Iran enjoy historic relations and since both countries remain committed to expanding their ties in all spheres, the prospect for bilateral relations looks bright,” he said.
The Iranian Foreign Minister, who is in India for a two-day official visit, was addressing the gathering marking the death anniversary of the founder of the Islamic Republic Ayatollah Rouhollah Khomeini, saying the prosperity and prominent position of Iran in the international arena is because of the political thought and leadership of the late Imam.
“Imam Khomeini was a source of inspiration for Muslim as well as non-Muslim revolutionaries as his [Islam-based] political thinking left a great impact on regional and international developments.”
During his formal visit, Salehi is scheduled to meet Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Friday to extend an official invitation on behalf of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for the August summit of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) in Tehran.
The Iranian minister arrived in New Delhi Thursday morning for the formal visit and is due to meet top Indian officials, including his counterpart Somanahalli Mallaiah Krishna, to discuss the expansion of ties and latest international developments.
The 16th NAM summit will be held from August 26 to 31 in the Iranian capital, Tehran.
Iran will receive the rotating presidency of the movement from Egypt for three years during the Tehran summit.
NAM, comprised of some 120 member states and 17 observer countries, represents nearly two-thirds of the UN members.