(www.irna.ir) вЂ" Indian External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee will kick off his two-day visit to Iran on Feb 6.
According to the Indian Ministry of External Affairs, Mukherjee's visit is part of the regular process of high-level exchanges between the two countries.
This will be his first visit to Iran since becoming external affairs minister.
During his visit to Iran, Mukherjee will meet Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki on Feb 7, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and other leaders.
Mottaki visited India on Nov 16-17. During Mottaki's visit, it was felt that the economic potential of the relationship needed to be actualized to the maximum, reports Trend.
In this context, the possibilities of closer cooperation in the field of energy, including the status of IPI pipeline were reviewed.
Mukherjee in his parleys with Iranian counterpart pointed out that Indian companies were keen to invest in Iran and the early conclusion of a "bilateral investment promotion and protection agreement" as well as an agreement for "avoidance of double taxation" would provide the necessary juridical basis for promoting such investment.
The two sides also discussed regional issues, including Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Persian Gulf.