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Jaishankar to represent India at Iran president inauguration on Aug 5

By ET News

Indian Foreign Minister S Jaishankar 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.

ET had earlier reported that a Cabinet level minister will be India’s representative for the ceremony.

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 last month enroute to Moscow 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 two met in Tehran during Jaishankar’s July visit and held talks on various issues from connectivity and Chabahar Port to the situation in Afghanistan.

At the South-Central Asia connectivity conference in Tashkent last month, Jaishankar projected Iran’s Chabahar Port as a key regional transit hub for Central Asian states. India is also focusing on International North South Transport Corridor or INSTC for connecting Russia and Europe via Iran in shortest possible time.

Recently, Europe was connected to India for first time via INSTC when consignment was sent from Finland.

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