India has agreed to send technical experts to Iran to help revitalise Iranian industries.
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Background: India has agreed to send technical experts to Iran to help revitalise Iranian industries. The agreement follows the visit to India of an Iranian trade delegation led by the Iranian Minister for Commerce, Dr. Reza Sadr. India has said it is willing to trade with Iran despite the West's economic boycott.
SYNOPSIS: On the same day the Iranian delegation arrived in New Delhi (9 June), about one hundred students demonstrated against the attacks on two mayors on the West Bank of the River Jordan. They accused Israel of repression and the violation of human rights in the area, and shouted slogans against the United States, Israel and President Sadat of Egypt.
The students belonged to several different groups, including the Palestine Liberation Organisation's Students' Association, the Iranian Students' Association and the Indian Students' Association.
India's policy of co-operation with Arab countries was reflected by the arrival of the Iranian trade delegation. The Iranian Minister for Commerce, Dr. Reya Sadr, was greeted by his Indian counterpart, Mr. Pranab Mukherjee. Mr. Mukherjee was quoted as saying India was not a party to the Western economic boycott of Iran.
The Iranians want Indian experts to provide help in running and expanding some five hundred nationalised industries, including textiles, automotive components, machine tools, and paper. They've also shown interest in importing semi-finished products and industrial raw materials from India to try to get away from dependence on the West.
In the 1978/79 financial year, India's exports to Iran totalled one hundred and fifteen-million dollars compared with four hundred and thirty-five million dollars' worth of imports from that country, mainly crude oil and petroleum products.