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India, Iran and Armenia forms new trilateral to deepen regional relations

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The first trilateral consultations between the Foreign Affairs Ministry of India, Armenia, and Iran took place in Yerevan. Mnatsakan Safaryan, the deputy foreign minister of Armenia, Seyed Rasoul Mousavi, the assistant of the foreign minister of Iran, and JP Singh, the joint secretary of the Ministry of External Affairs of India, led their respective delegations at the meeting.

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During the trilateral meeting between India, Armenia, and Iran, the participants also discussed the International North-South Transport Corridor (INSTC). This is a freight corridor that connects India, Iran, and Russia, with the goal of reducing the time and cost of transporting cargo from Mumbai to Moscow. The INSTC agreement was originally signed in 2002 by Russia, Iran, and India and has since been expanded.

Armenia and India marked the 30th anniversary of their bilateral diplomatic relations in 2022. The two countries have maintained active political ties and effective cooperation within international organizations. The diplomatic relations between Armenia and India were established in 1992. In March 2022, Armenian Foreign Minister Ararat Mirzoyan visited India, while Defence Minister Suren Papikyan made a visit to the country in April of the same year. India’s External Affairs Minister, S Jaishankar, visited Armenia in October 2021. India and Iran have a long-standing relationship that dates back many centuries, with both countries sharing a common cultural heritage. The Chabahar port in Iran has been instrumental in enhancing connectivity between the two nations.

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