S Jaishankar, EAM, to represent India at Iran President Raisi's oath-taking ceremony

External Affairs Minister (EAM)  S Jaishankar is likely to visit Iran this week to represent India at the oath-taking ceremony of the new Iran President Ebrahim Raisi. Raisi's oath-taking ceremony will take place in Tehran on 5th August which will see participation by several heads of government and foreign ministers participating. Raisi, a hardliner and known to be close to Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, won the presidential election in June by a landslide.

This will be Jaishankar's second visit to Iran in a matter of one month. Last month he had visited Iran while going to Moscow. During the stopover he called on President-Elect Ebrahim Raisi, becoming the first foreign minister to do so. During his meeting with the Iranian President-elect, he handed over a personal message from Indian PM Narendra Modi. India has already accepted an invitation by Iran for the event, which is likely to be attended by leaders and representatives of a number of countries.

In a tweet after the meet, Indian External Affairs Minister said, "Deeply value his strong commitment to strengthen our bilateral ties and expand cooperation on regional and global issues." At a connectivity conference in Tashkent last month, Jaishankar projected Iran's Chabahar Port as a key regional transit hub.

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