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23 December 2011 - 22:17

A senior adviser to the Leader of the Islamic Revolution says the expansion of Iran-India ties can sustain peace and security in the region and prevent foreign interference.

The expansion of cooperation between Iran and India, as two significantly influential countries, will contribute to the maintenance of regional peace and security and will prevent foreign forces from making inroads into the region, Ali Akbar Velayati said after a meeting with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

Velayati said he discussed bilateral ties with the Indian premier in the Thursday meeting, adding that he also briefed Singh on Iran's viewpoints about the wave of Islamic Awakening and other regional developments.

He also said that Singh supported further expansion of ties between Iran and India and their cooperation with other regional countries.

The senior adviser to the Leader of the Islamic Revolution expressed optimism about the future of Iran-India relations, noting that both sides are keen to consolidate ties.

Velayati also met with Indian Vice President Hamid Ansari and discussed bilateral ties as well as regional issues.

He arrived in the Indian capital of New Delhi to attend a conference on Nahj al-Balagha, the book which is the collections of sermons, letters and narrations, attributed to the first Shia Imam, Imam Ali.

His visit came at the invitation of Chancellor of the Aligarh Muslim University.

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