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Both sides acknowledged the significance of bilateral cooperation in the field of regional connectivity and reviewed the progress made at the Shahid Beheshti terminal, Chabahar port
Photo Credit : PM Narendra Modi/Twitter

Tehran and New Delhi agreed on the need to respect divine religions and Islamic sanctities and to avoid divisive statements, said Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian on Thursday amid the diplomatic tensions between India and Muslim countries due to former BJP spokespersons’ remarks on Islam.
After meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Minister of External Affairs, S Jaishankar, Abdollahian said that both countries will advance bilateral strategic dialogue.
Abdollahian took to Twitter and wrote, “Pleased to meet PM Modi, FM Jaishankar and other Indian officials to advance our bilateral strategic dialogue. Tehran & New Delhi agree on the need to respect divine religions and Islamic sanctities and to avoid divisive statements. Determined to bring relations to new heights.”
Abdollahian arrived in India on Wednesday on a three-day visit with an objective to further boost bilateral ties.
Meanwhile, the Indian Ministry of External Affairs in a statement said that India and Iran share close historical and civilizational ties. Our bilateral relations are marked by strong linkages across institutions, cultures and people to people ties.
During the delegation-level talks, the two ministers discussed bilateral relations including political, cultural and people to people ties. Jaishankar appreciated the role of Iran in facilitating India’s medical assistance to Afghanistan, including the supply of Covid-19 vaccines to Afghan nationals residing in Iran, it said. 
“Both sides acknowledged the significance of bilateral cooperation in the field of regional connectivity and reviewed the progress made at the Shahid Beheshti terminal, Chabahar port. The sides agreed that the Chabahar Port has provided much-needed sea access to landlocked Afghanistan and has also emerged as a commercial transit hub for the region, including for Central Asia,” it said. 
The ministry added that both sides reaffirmed their commitment to continue to cooperate on the development of Chabahar Port. Teams from both countries will be meeting soon to address operational aspects.
The ministers also discussed international and regional issues, including Afghanistan and the sides reaffirmed the importance of providing immediate humanitarian assistance to the people of Afghanistan and reiterated the need for a representative and inclusive political system in support of a peaceful, secure and stable Afghanistan.
Earlier, ahead of the Foreign Minister’s first-ever tour to India, Iran’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs summoned the Indian ambassador to Tehran amid the controversy. 
According to the Iranian media, the Indian envoy “expressed regret and said any insult against Prophet of Islam is unacceptable and doesn’t reflect the position of the Indian government.
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