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Modi reaffirms India’s support to diplomacy, dialogue for maintaining peace in Persian Gulf 

New York, September 27

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has reaffirmed India’s support for giving priority to diplomacy, dialogue and confidence-building for maintaining peace and security in the Persian Gulf amidst tensions in the region, as he held wide-ranging talks with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on regional and global developments of mutual interest. 

Modi met Rouhani on the sidelines of the high-level 74th Session of the General Assembly on Thursday amidst fresh tensions between Iran and the United States.

The two leaders discussed bilateral relations and exchanged views on regional and global developments of mutual interest.

According to an official press release, the Prime Minister reiterated India’s support for giving priority to diplomacy, dialogue and confidence-building in the interest of maintaining peace, security and stability in the Gulf region, which is of vital importance for India.

The meeting was keenly awaited as it comes amid escalating face-off between Iran and the US on Tehran’s nuclear programme. Iran is also accused by the US and its allies of attacking two key oil facilities in Saudi Arabia, triggering a new phase of tensions in the region. 

The September 14 attacks caused oil prices to spike by the biggest percentage since the 1991 Gulf War.

Noting that India and Iran shared old and civilisational ties, the two leaders assessed the progress in bilateral relations since their first meeting in Russian city of Ufa in 2015. 

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