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India accords high priority to its relations with Iran: Modi

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New Delhi: India accords high priority to its relations with Iran, Prime Minister Narendra Modi told visiting Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif when the latter called on him on Friday.

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“The prime minister recalled his meeting with President (Hassan) Rouhani of Iran and reiterated that India attached high priority to its relations with Iran,” an official statement from the prime minister’s office said.

Modi also congratulated Iran for reaching an agreement on Tehran’s nuclear program with the P5+1 group of world powers – the US, Britain, France, Russia, China plus Germany – and expressed confidence that it would contribute to greater peace and stability in the region.

The prime minister also conveyed India’s commitment to work with Iran for the development of the Chahabahar port that would have far reaching benefits, not only for the people of India and Iran but also for Afghanistan and the entire Central Asia region.

Both the leaders also exchanged views on regional developments, including in Afghanistan, West Asia, and South Asia.

Foreign Minister Zarif stated that Iran considered India its strategic partner and could not forget the support India extended to Tehran during its difficult times.

Iran looked forward to working closely in all areas, including connectivity, oil and gas, investments, fertilizers, infrastructure development, among others, he said.

Zarif also extended an invitation on behalf of the president of Iran for Modi to visit that country.

The prime minister agreed to visit Iran at mutually convenient dates to be decided through diplomatic channels, according to the statement.

(IANS)

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First Hindu Temple Lays Foundation Stone in Abu Dhabi

The temple will be built in phases with all the pink stones and marble being transported from Rajasthan to the UAE capital, the Khaleej Times said

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The temple is being built on 13.5 acres (55,000 square metres) of land gifted by Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan to the Indian community. Wikimedia

The historic foundation stone-laying ceremony of the first traditional Hindu temple in Abu Dhabi was performed on Saturday in the presence of officials from India and the United Arab Emirates as well as thousands of members of the community.

The ceremony was presided over by Mahant Swami Maharaj — the spiritual leader of BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha — the organisation building the temple, along with other priests. Indian Ambassador Navdeep Suri attended the event in the presence of over 2,500 Indians from the UAE and across the world, according to Gulf News.

Suri and BAPS Hindu Mandir committee head and community leader B.R. Shetty were among those who laid foundation stones. Some 50 priests from India were part of the ceremony, the Khaleej Times reported.

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Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan. Wikimedia

UAE’s Minister of Climate Change Thani Al Zoyoudi and Ahmad Bilhoul Al Falasi, Minister of State for Higher Education and Advanced Sciences, were among the attendees.  The temple will be built in phases with all the pink stones and marble being transported from Rajasthan to the UAE capital, the Khaleej Times said.

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The stones of the temple will be hand-carved by artisans in India and then transported to Abu Dhabi. Once completed, this will be the first traditional Hindu stone temple in the Middle East.

The temple is being built on 13.5 acres (55,000 square metres) of land gifted by Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan to the Indian community. (IANS)