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Visiting President Hassan Rouhani of Iran was officially welcomed by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Indian counterpart Ram Nath Kovind in New Delhi on Saturday.

President Rouhani arrived in the Indian capital on Friday night after a two-day stay in Hyderabad, south of India.

During the official welcoming ceremony, the national anthems of the two countries were played and a 21-gun salute was given to President Rouhani. The Iranian and Indian presidents also reviewed a guard of honor.

At the end of the ceremony, President Rouhani paid tribute to the leader of the Indian independence movement Mahatma Gandhi by laying a wreath of flower at his tomb and signing a memorial book.

The Iranian President's visit to India is taking place at the official invitation of the country's Prime Minister Narendra Modi who visited Iran last year.

President Rouhani is accompanied by the Iranian Ministers of Foreign Affairs Mohammad Javad Zarif, Petroleum Bijan Zangeneh, Road and Urban Development Mohammad Akhundi, and Industry Mohammad Shariatmadari.

A large delegation from Iranian private sector businessmen and tradesmen are also in India as part of the President Rouhani's delegation.

While in New Delhi, the Iranian President is to take part in Iran-India economic gathering.

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