Dubai, Nov. 10 (PTI): India and Iran inked an agreement today to promote scientific and technological cooperation.
The agreement was signed by science and technology minister Murli Manohar Joshi and Iranian minister for science, research and technology Mostafa Moin in Tehran yesterday, the Iranian news agency IRNA said.
Information and communication technology, energy, industrial technology, food technology and environment have been identified as the priority areas for cooperation.
The two sides agreed to promote exchange of scientific information and documentation including patents, licenses and know-how. They also agreed to convene at the earliest the next meeting of the Joint Working Group to discuss and finalise a new programme of cooperation.
Joshi, also the human resource development minister, met Iran’s first Vice-President, Mohammad Reza Aref, yesterday and discussed ways and means of boosting bilateral ties.
Aref said the policies of détente and development of mutual relations with the neighbouring countries were among Iran’s top priorities. He said Iran attached great importance to the eastern countries, including India.
“There are huge potentials in both Iran and India and these potentials should be identified and used to further mutual cooperation in the various domains,” Aref observed.