(Persia Digest) - Iran-India ties have received a boost in recent weeks with Tehran offering one-year multiple-entry visas to Indians despite New Delhi's decision to stop import of oil from its old ally and reduce the budget for Chabahar Port expansion under the shadow of US sanctions.

Dipanjan Roy Chaudhury writes in The Economic Times that besides the multiple-entry visa facility, which aims to boost bilateral trade and people-to-people contact, Iran has also extended the visa on facility for Indian nationals to 90 days from 30. The two nations are also negotiating a Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty to strengthen cooperation in legal matters involving their citizens.


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An Agreement on Mutual Legal Assistance on Civil and Commercial Matters is currently being negotiated with Iran, minister of state for external affairs V Muraleedharan told Parliament on Thursday. The proposed agreement was discussed during the India-Iran Joint Consular Committee Meeting (JCCM), held in New Delhi on May 14, with a view to its expeditious conclusion, the minister said.

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