President Rouhani: Iran most influential country in region
New Delhi, Undoubtedly, Iran enjoys the most influence in the region, President Rouahni said on Friday.
Relations between Iran and India and basically with Indian Subcontinent are very especial, Rouhani said in a meeting with Iranian nationals and students residing in Hyderabad.
He also referred to Qutb Shahi dynasty that was ruling the area for hundreds of years, saying it indicates that Iranians have been pioneer in maintaining cultural and trade ties.
Elsewhere in his remarks, Rouhani stressed on taking advantage of Iranian's potentials in creating cultural and trade relations.
Each of Iranian residents in Hyderabad is regarded as Iran's ambassador to India, he added.
Rouhani's visit is taking place at the official invitation of the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi who also visited Iran last year.
President Rouhani is accompanied by the Iranian Ministers of Foreign Affairs Mohammad Javad Zarif, Petroleum Bijan Zangeneh, Road and Urban Development Mohammad Akhundi, and Industry Mohammad Shariatmadari.
A large delegation from Iranian private sector businessmen and tradesmen are also in India as part of the President's Rouhani delegation.
Iranian president will travel to the capital New Delhi where he is to receive an official welcome by the highest ranking
Indian officials and meet with Indian President Ram Nath Konvid, Prime Minsiter Narendra Modi and Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj.
He is also to take part in Iran-India economic gathering.
Source: Islamic Republic News Agency