India a model for cultural diversity: Iranian President

Offering Friday prayers at the historic Mecca Masjid, a Sunni mosque in Hyderabad, Iranian President Hasan Rouhani sent out a strong message for the imperative need to end sectarian differences in Islam across the world. In India on a three-day visit, Mr Rouhani cited India as a successful example of the peaceful coexistence of various religions and ethnicities.
In his meeting with Muslim intellectuals, scholars and clerics in Hyderabad, the Iranian president denounced the attempts by the West to create fissures among the Muslim communities across the eastern world. He stressed on the need to embrace diplomatic solution to the troubles in the Middle East, instead of military solutions. Mr Rouhani is the first Iranian president to visit India after Mohammad Khatami’s pathbreaking trip in 2003.

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Advantage India: Iran accords priority status to Delhi for trade

It’s payback time for Tehran for New Delhi’s solidarity. Signaling an upsurge in its ties with New Delhi, Iran has accorded priority status to India for trade, according to India’s apex export body. Acknowledging India’s support to Iran during difficult times, when the US and the 28-nation EU bloc had imposed sanctions on it, India was among the three countries that continued to engage with Iran in trade.

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