Examine the latest phase of Indo-Iran relations.
The Prime Minister of India, Mr. Atal Bihari Vajpayee and the President of Iran, Mr. Khatemi signed “Tehran Declaration” on 10th April, 2001. It was a historic step between India and Iran to enter into strategic relations. There are provisions for technology, information technology, energy and trade-commerce cooperation. Both nations have agreed to confer ‘Most Favoured Nation’ status upon each other.
Both sides agreed for a comprehensive conference on terrorism. For regional stability in Asia, both nations agreed to fight against terrorism. Situation of Afghanistan was reviewed by both the countries.
The issue of natural gas transportation was discussed, exploring options for overland and undersea pipeline.
For the progress in bilateral trade, both sides considered elimination of double taxation, promotion of investment and protection of commercial and political interests of both the countries.
Mr. Vajpayee addressed the ‘Majlis’, Iran’s Parliament on 11th April 2001, thus becoming the first foreign leader to address the House.