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President Rouhani to visit India Thursday: Indian media

New Delhi, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is scheduled to have a visit to India on Thursday, according to India's leading website for business and financial news 'Business Line'.

India is all set to host Iranian President Hassan Rouhani later this week reasserting the growing ties between the two countries that is expected to strengthen New Delhi's relationship with the world, Business Line reported.

Rouhani, who will be embarking on his maiden visit to India since coming to power in August 2013, is visiting at a time when the US, under President Donald Trump, has kept Iran on tenterhooks with repeated threats of trade sanctions as well as threats to pull out of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) nuclear agreement.

In May last year, when Rouhani secured a landslide victory for the second time, India saw it as an ushering in of a democratic and moderate era. New Delhi has been looking at Tehran for emboldening its connectivity plans with Western Asia and also secure its energy needs.

During Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Iran in May 2016, both sides had signed a $500-million agreement to develop the Chabahar Port to boost regional connectivity and encourage more maritime links and services between the two countries, bypassing Pakistan that continues to place hurdles for India in doing trade with Afghanistan, Iran and beyond. The agreement also included funding of a rail link to Zahedan.

Source: Islamic Republic News Agency

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