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India-Iran Joint Commission begins tomorrow

India and Iran will discuss a range of bilateral issues which are of direct benefit to their people during the Joint Commission meeting tomorrow.



New Delhi: India and Iran will discuss a range
of bilateral issues which are of direct benefit to their
people during the Joint Commission meeting here tomorrow, with
a focus on instilling fresh momentum in the ties, particularly
in strategic areas including counter-terrorism.

The 16th Session of the Joint Commission between the two
countries will be held here on July 8-9 and the Commission
will be co-chaired on the Iranian side by Seyed Shamseddin
Hosseini, Minister of Economic Affairs and Finance and on the
Indian side by External Affairs Minister S M Krishna, an
official release said here today.

The last Joint Commission meeting was held in Tehran
in 2008.
"India and Iran have been holding discussions at regular
intervals on issues relating to economic cooperation under the
aegis of the Joint Commission mechanism, which was established
in July 1983," the release said.

Earlier in the week, Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao had
broadly outlined the agenda of the meeting, identifying joint
cooperation projects such as Chabahar Port, energy
cooperation, economic ties and counter-terrorism as some of
the strategic areas to be taken up for discussions.

She had also reiterated the need for structured,
systematic and regular consultations with Iran on the
Afghanistan situation.

PTI

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