Modi and Raisi discuss energy & connectivity

Modi and Raisi discuss energy & connectivity

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday held his maiden summit with Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi on the sidelines of the SCO Summit and the two leaders discussed energy ties besides optimum use of Chabahar Port and INSTC.

“Held wide-ranging discussions with President Ebrahim Raisi. We talked about the growing India-Iran friendship and the scope to boost ties in sectors like energy, commerce and connectivity,” Modi tweeted after his meeting with Raisi.

India keen to revive to energy imports from Iran.

Interestingly, Modi also met the Turkish President amid the role Turkey is playing in the current Ukraine crisis. “Met President @RTErdogan and reviewed the full range of bilateral relations between India and Turkey including ways to deepen economic linkages for the benefit of our people. @trpresidency,” Modi tweeted. The two discussed bilateral trade and economic linkages.

“Had a great meeting with President Shavkat Mirziyoyev. Thanked him for hosting the SCO Summit. Discussed ways to deepen connectivity, trade and cultural cooperation between India and Uzbekistan,” Modi tweeted after holding bilateral meeting with the Uzbek President.

Iran’s entry into SCO will boost India’s Eurasian outreach ensuring seamless coordination between India and Iran and Eurasian states besides Russia, sources said. India also maintains that entry of Iranian oil in the market will address global energy security to some extent.

On China, Foreign Secretary Vinay Kawatra said PM’s bilateral meetings occurred as per schedule, making it clear that neither a meeting was scheduled with Chinese President nor was it requested notwithstanding the disengagement at PP-15. This also cleared doubt on any meeting with Pakistan PM that was being speculated in Samarkand.

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