India Prime Minister Modi to visit Iran in effort to boost trade


India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Iran this week, seeking to boost trade with the oil-rich country after international sanctions were lifted this year, it was announced on Tuesday. Iran was India’s second largest supplier of crude oil until 2011/12, when sanctions forced New Delhi to reduce its dependence on the Gulf state. The Ministry of External Affairs said Modi would meet President Hassan Rouhani during a two-day visit starting Saturday. The visit will allow the two countries to “expand bilateral cooperation and mutually benefit from new opportunities in the wake of lifting of secondary sanctions against Iran earlier…

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