Prime Minister Narendra Modi (L) with Iran President Hassan Rouhani (R) during the bilateral in New York on Thursday (Photo/ANI)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi (L) with Iran President Hassan Rouhani (R) during the bilateral in New York on Thursday (Photo/ANI)

PM Modi meets Iran President for bilateral on UNGA sidelines

ANI | Updated: Sep 27, 2019 10:06 IST

New York [USA], Sept 26 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday met Iran President Hassan Rouhani here on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly session.
The Indian delegation comprised of Minister of State for External Affairs V Muraleedharan and Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale among other officials, while Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif and other representatives were present on the Iranian side.
The bilateral comes soon after Modi's meetings with US President Donald Trump -- once during the Howdy Modi! event on Sunday and then for a bilateral in New York on Tuesday.
During his latest address at the UNGA, Trump tore into Iran and labelled it as one of the "greatest security threats facing peace-loving nations". He also urged nations to not "subsidise Iran's bloodlust". The United States also sanctioned Chinese entities on Wednesday for transporting oil from Iran, as per the US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo.
Tensions between Iran and the US have been on the rise, especially after Trump pulled out from the Iran nuclear deal and reinstated tougher sanctions on Tehran.
The United States also refused to extend sanction waivers given to eight countries -- including India -- which allowed the nations to temporarily continue buying Iranian oil in the wake of stronger sanctions. The waivers expired on May 2. (ANI)

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