The Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday (22nd May) reached Iran, to mark the beginning of a new relationship between the two countries and to give an ominous start to his two day trip; he headed first to the Gurudwara in the capital city of Tehran. Importantly, PM Narendra Modi is visiting just after four months of sanctions being removed on Iran by international community.
The Gurudwara in Tehrans Mesjed Henidyah was founded in 1941 by Bhai Ganga Singh Sabha Tehran. There are about 800 Sikh families in Tehran, mostly traders who had moved in early 20th century from Punjab.
After offering prayers at the Bhai Ganga Singh Sabha Gurudwara he applauded the Sikh community to adapting to different culture, while retaining their values and tradition.
“We accept all the people as our own and absorb them in our society because we believe in the philosophy of ‘VasudhaivaKutumbakam’ -- the entire world is one family. Animated by this spirit, we Indians make every country our home,” Modi told the gathering at the Gurudwara.
He also emphasized that the young generation should know about the sacrifices of the great Gurus and should try to incorporate the teachings from Guru Granth Sahib in their lives.
Earlier Indian-ex Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had visited the nation 15 years earlier, with his wife Mrs. Gursharan Kaur paying her respects to the Gurudwara during the visit.
Prime Minister Modi earlier tweeted that the two nations share history and hope to enhance the economic ties between the two countries.
The most crucial part of the trip was signing of a trilateral agreement with Afghanistan on ‘Chabahar’, a strategic port in the Gulf of Oman on Iran's southern coast with Afghanistan. The accord, which calls for joint investments, will significantly boost the role of the under-tapped port of Chabahar connecting Iran through India and Afghanistan to central Asia is considered as historic. 'History is being created,' Prime Minister Narendra Modi said while signing the tripartite agreement
India is looking forward to invest around $200 million in the port which will eventually open up the possibility to set up a trade and transport corridor with Chabahar as the hub. This is the first foreign port in which India is involved to this extent. The two sides signed a total of 12 of agreements on economy, trade, transportation, port development, culture, science and academic cooperation. Importantly, according to Iran's official IRNA news agency the volume of trade between the two countries over the past nine months reached $9 billion.