Rouhani to arrive in Hyderabad this evening

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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani will arrive in Hyderabad on Thursday evening as part of his three-day India visit during which the two countries will discuss regional and global issues of mutual interest.

Rouhani will arrive in the southern city of Hyderabad on Thursday, where he will address a Muslim congregation.

While the details are unclear as to why Dr Rouhani chose to land in Hyderabad first, sources maintain that it is because Hyderabad has a deep Iranian influence on every sphere of life.

The Qutub Shahi dynasty may have been disbanded three centuries ago, but sociocultural and food traditions the founders of Hyderabad had left behind continue to influence the lives of people in modern day Hyderabad in one way or the other.

Dr. Rouhani visited the city in 1994 when he was the Deputy Speaker of the Parliament and National Security Adviser. "We will also pay a visit to historic sites".

Rouhani is accompanied by a high-ranking delegation, including Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh, Minister of Road and Urban Development Abbas Akhoundi, Minister of Industry, Mine and Trade Mohammad Shariatmadari, as well as top officials of the presidential office. Several agreements are also expected to be signed.

During the bilateral talks, the issue of slow progress on the Chabahar Port (trilateral between India-Iran-Afghanistan) is expected to be on the table which Iran feels has got stuck due to the U.S. pressure on countries and the latest sanctions on Iran.

'Recently, the developed phase of Shahid Beheshti Port in Chabahar was opened in presence of officials from 17 countries, ' he said, adding that the capacity of the port will be raised to 8.5 million tons in the next phases. India, Afghanistan and Iran have been engaged in trilateral cooperation on Chabahar which will lead to establishment of an "International Transport and Transit corridor between India, Afghanistan and Iran".

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