Iran can be reliable partner for India's energy needs: Rouhani
Tehran:Iranian President Hassan Rouhani today assured External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj that his country can be a "reliable partner" for India''''s energy needs, as the two nations decided to significantly expand engagements in their overall ties, particularly in oil and gas sectors. Swaraj, who arrived here yesterday, called on Rouhani and held talks with her Iranian counterpart Javad Zarif, besides meeting with Supreme Leader Sayyed Ali Khamenei's Advisor Ali Akbar Velayati and deliberated on a range of issues.
India to boost investment in Iranian oil and gas sectors
Tehran: India and oil-rich Iran today decided to significantly expand engagement in their overall ties, particularly in boosting Indian investment in joint ventures in oil and gas sectors in the Persian Gulf nation where foreign investors from major economic powers are rushing in to get early footholds after lifting of nuclear sanctions. In talks between External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and her Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif, the two sides agreed that pending agreements such as Preferential Trade Agreement, Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement and Bilateral Investment Treaty should be concluded on a priority basis to spur trade and investment.
Swaraj meets Iranian counterpart; reviews bilateral ties
Tehran: Resetting ties, India and Iran today held extensive talks on stepping up engagement on a range of key areas, particularly to increase Indian investment in oil and gas sectors in the Persian Gulf nation which has opened several lucrative sectors after lifting of sanctions under a landmark nuclear deal.
Restrictions lifted in Srinagar
Srinagar: Authorities today lifted restrictions in the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, while the curbs on the movement of people in Kupwara continued for the fifth day following killing of five persons in security forces action since Tuesday.
Big Ecuador quake kills at least 41
Quito: At least 41 people were killed when a powerful 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck Ecuador, destroying buildings and sending terrified residents dashing from their homes, authorities said.
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