India to attend new Iran President’s inauguration on August 5

By ET News

India will attend the inauguration of Iranian president elect Ebrahim Raisi in Tehran on August 5 amid growing coordination between New Delhi and Tehran over Afghan developments.

“India will be represented at the inauguration and currently the government is deciding level of participation,” a person familiar with the development told ET. India is among few countries that has been invited for the inauguration of the new president.

There are speculations that a Cabinet level minister may be India’s representative. New Delhi and Tehran have been in close touch over the last few weeks since the Taliban surge in Afghanistan, trying to increase coordination to safeguard their strategic interests.

Foreign minister S Jaishankar was the first foreign leader to meet the Iranian president elect when he travelled to Tehran earlier this month and handed over Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s special message. Jaishankar has also been in regular touch with his Iranian counterpart Javad Zarif over the Afghan situation, the latest being a phone call this week. The two met in Tehran earlier this month and held talks on various issues from connectivity and Chabahar Port to the situation in Afghanistan.

India, Iran and Russia were the main supporters of the Northern Alliance when Taliban was in control of Kabul and large parts of Afghanistan between 1996 and 2001.

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