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Documents signed Between Islamic Republic Of Iran And India

January 25, 2003

Hyderabad House, New Delhi, India

  • The New Delhi Declaration: The declaration is signed by Prime Minister and President Khatami. The Declaration puts forth the vision of strategic partnership between India and Iran for a more stable, secure and prosperous region and for enhanced regional and global cooperation.

    It touches all aspects of bilateral cooperation – bilateral economic cooperation, cooperation in the field of hydrocarbons, science and technology, information technology, education and training, India-Iran cooperation in reconstruction of Afghanistan, international terrorism, and other global issues.

    India and Iran agree that combat against international terrorism should not be based upon double standards. States that aid, abet and directly support international terrorism should be condemned. They reiterate their resolve to work for an early finalization of a Comprehensive Convention against International Terrorism. India and Iran support a united and sovereign Afghanistan and call on the international community to remain committed towards reconstruction and development of Afghanistan. India and Iran also agree that situation relating to Iraq should be resolved peacefully under the auspices of the UN. The two sides reiterated their commitment to commence multi-lateral negotiations for nuclear disarmament under effective international control.

    The two sides recognize that their growing strategic convergence needs to be underpinned with a strong economic relationship. The sides call upon the business communities of the two countries to harness each other's strength for mutual benefit and promote bilateral trade and investment. Energy sector has been identified as a strategic area of their future relationship in which the interests of India and Iran complement each other. The areas of cooperation include upstream and downstream activities in hydrocarbon sector and working upon secure modes of transport of energy. India and Iran also agreed to explore opportunities for cooperation in defence in agreed areas, including training and exchange of visits. India and Iran would also issue a joint commemorative stamp dedicated to their common cultural heritage. The emphasis of the Declaration is on building up a contemporary relationship between India and Iran in the context of challenges of the modern world and drawing upon their historical relationship and interactions.
  • Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of the Republic of India and the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran on Road Map to Strategic Cooperation: The MoU is signed by Shri Yashwant Sinha, External Affairs Minister from the Indian side and Dr. Kamal Kharrazi, Foreign Minister from the Iranian side. Following from the vision for a strategic partnership embodied in the New Delhi Declaration, this MoU sets a five year target oriented framework for milestones towards the strategic partnership. The two sides have agreed to work through the existing frameworks and mechanisms where they exist and to create additional ones where necessary, to achieve mutually identified targets in various areas of bilateral cooperation within clear time frames. Political dialogue and modalities of cooperation on issues of strategic significance would be promoted through the mechanisms of Strategic Dialogue, Foreign Office Consultations and the institutional interactions between the National Security Councils of the two countries.

    Among significant areas of bilateral cooperation, in the field of Oil and Gas, the two sides would formulate a joint mechanism to promote broad-based cooperation, including promoting project participation in Iran in upstream and downstream industries. The matters relating to transfer of Iranian gas to India would continued to be discussed under the existing Joint Committee for this purpose. India and Iran also agree to explore opportunities for cooperation in defence in agreed areas, including training and exchange of visits. They declare that India-Iran defence cooperation is not aimed against any third country.
    The two sides would also make concerted efforts to encourage bilateral trade and economic cooperation. This would also involve boosting non-oil trade and investment in infrastructure projects including in the ongoing discussions between India and Iran to develop Chahbahar port complex, Chahbahar-Fahraj-Bam railway link and Marine Oil Tanking terminal at an agreed location, as well as Iranian interests to invest and participate in infrastructure projects in India .
  • Agreement between the Government of the Republic of India and the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran on Cooperation in the fields of Science and Technology: The nodal ministries are the Ministry of Science and Technology from the Indian side and the Ministry of Science, Research and Technology of Iran. The Agreement is signed by Dr. Murli Manohar Joshi, Minister of Science and Technology and Dr. Mostafa Moeen, Minister of Science, Research and Technology of Iran. The Agreement identifies diverse fields of cooperation including information technology, bio-technology, pharmaceutical research, food technology and other fields as mutually agreed upon. The two sides would organize training programmes, research, exchange of scientists and scholars and hold seminars and workshops etc. The Agreement is expected to strengthen cooperation between the scientific institutions and scholars of the two countries. The Agreement would be valid for five years with provision of further automatic extension for similar periods.
  • Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Labour of the Republic of India and the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran on cooperation in Vocational Training: The MoU has been finalized on the basis of discussions held during the visit of Union Minister of Labour to Iran from January 8-12, 2003. The MoU is signed by Union Labour Minister Dr. Sahib Singh and Dr. Kamal Kharrazi, Foreign Minister from the Iranian side. The two sides have agreed to mutual cooperation in the field of training and skill enhancement of the workers and exchange experience in this regard. Specific programmes of cooperation would be developed as follow up to the signing of the MoU.
  • Executive Programme of Cultural Exchange between the Government of the Republic of India and the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran for the years 2003-2005: Nodal ministries from both sides are Department of Culture, Ministry of Tourism and Culture and Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance from the Iranian side. The Cultural Exchange Programme 2003-2005 encompasses the fields of Art and Culture, Radio, Television, Press and Films and Sports. The emphasis is to promote exchanges between leading cultural institutes, libraries, media persons and films, sports organizations and participation of teams from the two sides in each other's sport tournaments. Translation in each other's languages of literary works from the two countries are also included. Exchanges also include joint participation of children and teenagers in activities like paintings and other creative works. The Cultural Exchange Programme is expected to strengthen friendship and cultural bonds between the two countries.
  • Memorandum of Understanding between the Republic of India and Islamic Republic of Iran on Cooperation in Urban Water Management and Hydrological Studies: The MoU is concluded on the basis of discussions held between the Ministry of Water Resources from the Indian side and the Ministry of Water Affairs from the Iranian side. Under the MoU, the bilateral cooperation would be directed towards the activities of the Regional Centre on Urban Water Management (RCUWM), Tehran established under the auspices of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The two sides have agreed to cooperate, exchange experience and organize training and seminars of experts in the field of Urban Water Management and Hydrological Studies. The programme would follow the framework of the 6th International Hydrological Programme charted by the UNESCO. The two sides will establish a Joint Committee for this purpose to implement the programme and would hold regular meetings.
  • Framework Agreement between Export Import Bank of India and seven Iranian banks to operationalize USD 200 million line of credit to Iran: The Framework Agreement to operationalize the USD 200 million line of credit to Iran is aimed at encouraging India's exports to Iran, particularly India's participation in Iran's infrastructure projects. Exim Bank is the designated bank from the Indian side to extend the line of credit. Exim Bank (the provider of facility) and the seven Iranian designated banks (the issuing banks), viz. Bank Mellat, Bank Melli Iran, Bank Saderat Iran, Bank Sepah, Bank Tejarat, Bank of Industry and Mine and Export Development Bank of Iran have entered into the Framework Agreement. Under the terms and conditions agreed upon, the Exim Bank would finance up to 85% of the purchase price of capital goods and related services within the limit of the total amount of the line of credit. The line of credit arrangement would facilitate availability of supplier credit and would strengthen trade and economic cooperation between India and Iran.
  • Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, Government of India and Ministry of Petroleum of the Islamic Republic of Iran: The MoU was signed by Shri Ram Naik, Union Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas and Dr. Kamal Kharrazi, Foreign Minister from the Iranian side. The objective of the MoU is to establish a general framework to implement actions of cooperation of mutual interest in hydrocarbon sector. The two sides would cooperate in India and Iran in hydrocarbon sector resources including petrochemicals, liquid and gas hydrocarbons and their derivatives, R&D, consultancy services, HRD, exploration, development, production and also processing, refining, marketing and transportation of hydrocarbons, including gas, LNG, CNG. The Indian side would support its oil and gas Public Sector Units and private companies to participate in the development of LNG projects in Iran and to purchase of LNG from Iran at competitive prices at mutually agreed commercial terms. For this purpose Indian Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas would visit Iran within next three months. India and Iran would set up a Joint Working Group to implement cooperation under the MoU.
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