Tuesday, Nov 29, 2022

S Jaishankar Likely To Attend Swearing-In Ceremony Of New Iran President Raisi

External Affairs Minister Jaishankar will represent India in Iran where representatives of various countries have been invited.

External Affairs Minister Jaishankar to represent India in swearing-in ceremony of Iran President. (File photo)

Following his meeting last month with newly elected Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar is now likely to attend his swearing-in ceremony.

The swearing-in ceremony is scheduled on August 5 in Tehran.

Raisi, considered close to Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, won the presidential election in June by a landslide.

India has already accepted an invitation by Iran for the event, which is likely to be attended by leaders and representatives of a number of countries.

Last month, the external affairs minister called on President-elect Raisi during a stopover at the Iranian capital on his way to Russia.

Jaishankar also held extensive talks with his Iranian counterpart Javad Zarif in Tehran covering a range of key issues including the fast-evolving situation in Afghanistan.

His visit to Iran coincided with Iran's hosting of an intra-Afghan dialogue in the country.

"External Affairs Minister Jaishankar is scheduled to pay a brief visit to Tehran to attend the swearing-in ceremony of Raisi," said one of the persons cited above.

Iran has been a key country for India in the Gulf region.

The two sides have been jointly focusing on improving connectivity between South East Asia and Central Asia.

At a connectivity conference in Tashkent last month, Jaishankar projected Iran's Chabahar Port as a key regional transit hub.

Located in the Sistan-Balochistan province on the energy-rich Iran's southern coast, the Chabahar port is being developed by India, Iran and Afghanistan to boost connectivity and trade ties.

(With PTI inputs)