Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani will visit India this week for 3 days, local media reported on Monday, February 12. Rouhani is due to leave for India on Thursday to discuss “the latest regional and global developments,” the semi-official ISNA news agency said.
The port has been touted as a way for India to establish trade routes that bypass its rival Pakistan, but the project has seen multiple delays.
India has been a key purchaser of Iranian oil and gas, and maintained trade ties even as international sanctions were imposed on Iran over its nuclear programme between 2012 and 2016.
However, there have been tensions in the relationship, with the Indian media reporting frustrations over delays in awarding a contract to develop a major gas field known as Farzad B in the Gulf.
That led India to announce it was reducing its oil imports from Iran in protest in March 2017, leading Tehran to say it was restricting credit lines to India.
The two countries have nonetheless sought to move beyond the spat, and have continued to seek partnerships, with India signing a preliminary agreement last month to help expand Iran’s rail network, including expanding rail links to Chabahar.