New Delhi: Against the backdrop of US pressure on India to cut oil imports from Iran, President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad has called up Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to emphasise that expansion of ties in different fields would lead to "considerable achievements" for both nations.
Ahmadinejad called up the Prime Minister on Monday last primarily to invite him to the upcoming Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) Summit to be hosted by his country in August, sources said on Friday.
He told Singh that Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi would be travelling to New Delhi shortly carrying his personal invitation for the Summit, the sources said.
During the conversation, the two leaders talked about the status of bilateral ties and international issues of mutual interest, the sources said.
According to an official statement issued by Ahmedinejad's office soon after the telephonic talk, the Iranian President "stressed (on) expansion of Tehran-New Delhi cooperation in different fields".
The President said that "promotion of bilateral cooperation would lead to considerable achievements for both nations," it said.
Ahmadinejad said Iran and India enjoy "deep brotherly relations" and that "the two nations would witness bright future", the statement said.
The Prime Minister, on his part, said India attaches great importance to ties with Iran and "called for further expansion of cooperation with Tehran", the statement said.
"The Premier said India welcomes widening relations with Iran on the basis of national interests," it said.
Sources here said the two leaders discussed trade-related issues.
First Published: Friday, May 18, 2012, 18:51