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India, Iran cooperation multi-dimensional: Indian Minister

New Delhi, Aug 19, IRNA-The Indian Minister of State for External Affairs E. Ahmed Thursday said the New Delhi Declaration signed between India and Iran on 25 January, 2003 puts forth the vision of multifarious relationship between the two countries.

The minister made the remark at the Upper House of the Indian Parliament, reported the Press Information Bureau of the Government of India.

Ahmed said the relationship between the two countries touches upon "all aspects of bilateral relations - mutual economic cooperation , cooperation in the field of hydrocarbons, science and technology, information technology, education and training, reconstruction of Afghanistan, international terrorism, and other global issues." He said in pursuance of this vision, the two countries have entered into agreements for cooperation, inter alia, in science and technology, energy sector, cultural exchanges, transit of goods, vocational training and urban water management and operationalisation of a line of credit.

The minister also informed that in addition to the existing alliance, "there is a Joint Economic Commission at the level of ministers, which meets regularly to promote bilateral economic cooperation".

Responding to a question raised by the a member of the opposition, Ahmed said the Indian government will work closely with the new government in Iran led by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

He said, the two parties shall further implement the Joint Declaration for forging a strategic partnership between India and Iran.

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