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Govt allows Iran's Bank Pasargad to open branch in Mumbai, operations to begin in three months: Nitin Gadkari

New Delhi: The government has allowed an Iranian bank to open a branch in Mumbai, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said on Tuesday after a meeting with Iran's Foreign Minister Md Javad Zarif here.

Iran's Bank Pasargad will open its branch within the next three months.

Gadkari said, "The government of India has already given permission to Iran to open a bank branch in Mumbai. They are going to open a branch in Mumbai in three months. That will be used for transactions".

 Govt allows Irans Bank Pasargad to open branch in Mumbai, operations to begin in three months: Nitin Gadkari

File image of Union minister Nitin Gadkari. PTI

Shipping, Road Transport and Highways Minister Gadkari termed his meeting with Iranian Minister on Chabahar Port "fruitful".

“We had detailed discussions... Our meeting was very fruitful and we have resolved a lot of issues," Gadkari said.

India has placed $85 million machinery order for Chabahar, which is a port on the coast of the Gulf of Oman, and is Iran's southernmost city.

“We have had a good discussion with the minister (Md Javad Zarif). The first ship from Brazil has already been received at Chabahar... The financial arrangement is ready. There were some problems, but we have resolved the issues,” Gadkari said.

“Proposals on barter system between the two nations can also be considered”, Gadkari said.

He said the Iranian minister had given many proposals.

"They need steel, particularly real steel and locomotive engines, and they are ready to supply urea," he stated.

India can provide steel rails to Iran and the Persian gulf nation can provide urea to India, he added.

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Updated Date: Jan 08, 2019 11:46:45 IST