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India accepts Iran’s invitation of President-elect Ebrahim Raisi swearing-in ceremony

However, it is yet to be decided who will represent New Delhi at the Iranian president's oath-taking ceremony.

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Tehran, First Published Jul 10, 2021, 10:38 AM IST
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India has accepted Iran's invitation for the swearing-in ceremony of President-elect Ebrahim Raisi. The invitation was extended at a meeting between Raisi and India's External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Wednesday when the latter was on a brief stopover in Tehran on his way to Russia for a three-day visit. S Jaishankar is the first foreign dignitary to have met President-elect Ebrahim Raisi.

Sources said that Raisi was “very warm” in his first meeting with External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, who made a stopover in Tehran on Wednesday en route to Russia and was one of the first foreign dignitaries to call on the president-elect. Jaishankar also handed over a personal message from Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Raisi.

Ebrahim Raisi, a hard-line cleric known to be close to Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khameini, was elected for the top post after winning 61.95 per cent of the votes in the presidential elections, which were marred by allegations of not being “free and fair”.

Jaishankar held talks with his counterpart Javad Zarif on various issues ranging from bilateral connectivity, Chabahar Port to the situation in Afghanistan. EAM Jaishankar reiterated India’s interests in the region and support for efforts to maintain peace, security and stability.

“The two sides exchanged views on regional and global issues of mutual interest. They also discussed the evolving situation in Afghanistan and expressed concerns over the deteriorating security there. Both sides also discussed joint connectivity initiatives in the region including the International North South Transport Corridor (INSTC) and Chabahar Port,” said the MEA spokesperson.

India is among the few countries to be invited to the ceremony, although a decision is yet to be taken about which representative from India will go for the oath-taking ceremony in Tehran.

India is among the few countries to be invited to the ceremony, although a decision is yet to be taken about which representative from India will go for the oath-taking ceremony in Tehran.

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