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Iran to help India make an end-run around China and Pakistan

Nine deals signed; Chabahar port will give India access to Central Asia

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi appear in front of reporters in New Delhi, India, on February 17, 2018.   © Reuters

NEW DELHI -- India and Iran on Saturday signed nine pacts, the most consequential of which will allow India to lease part of the strategic Chabahar port, near the mouth of the Gulf of Oman.

The agreements came after "substantive" and "productive" talks between visiting President Hassan Rouhani and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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