Balancing act: Month after Israel PM Netanhyahu, Iran President Hassan Rouhani arrives today

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Written by Shubhajit Roy
| New Delhi |
Updated: February 15, 2018 1:16 am


Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. (AP/Files)

A month after hosting Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanhyahu for a state visit, India is set to welcome Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani on a three-day state visit from Thursday, with bilateral talks scheduled with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday.

The visit – to Hyderabad and New Delhi – is scheduled from February 15 to 17.

This is Rouhani’s first visit to India after he was elected Iran’s President in 2013. A moderate face of the regime, he was re-elected last year for a second term.

Rouhani will also have meetings with President Ram Nath Kovind and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.

Rouhani’s visit, exactly a month after Netanyahu’s, is seen as India’s act of balancing the…

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