|Iranian trade delegation visits India||
An Iranian trade delegation is to pay a six-day visit to India from Sunday in a return visit after Indian businessmen came to the Islamic republic earlier in the year.
The trip by Indian businessmen less than two months ago was aimed at exploring export opportunities created by U.S.-led sanctions against Iran over its civil nuclear program of uranium enrichment.
The Iranians will visit New Delhi and Mumbai in a trip aimed at expanding trade relations and exploring "new avenues of mutual cooperation," the media reports said.
They said memorandums of understanding would be signed between the Tehran Chamber of Commerce and the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM) and Indian export organizations.
An 80-member Indian delegation spent five days in Iran in mid-March in a bid to boost Indian exports as a way of paying the country's huge oil bill. No major agreement announcement was made public after the visit.
Fuel-scarce India buys around $11 billion worth of oil from Iran a year -- its second-largest crude supplier after Saudi Arabia -- but sells Tehran just $2.7 billion in goods.
India and Iran have worked out a deal under which New Delhi will seek to pay for close to half of its Iranian oil imports in rupees.
The rupee payments will be used by Iran to buy Indian goods, with both nations planning to reach a bilateral trade target of $25 billion over the next four years.
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