Iran President to arrive in Hyderabad today

Hyderabad: Tight security arrangements will be in place for Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, who is arriving here on Thursday on his three-day visit to India, officials said. The agencies in coordination with the Hyderabad police will be making fool-proof arrangements at the historic Makkah Masjid, where the Iranian President will be addressing a congregation after Friday prayers.
Rouhani will be the first head of a state to address a congregation at the 17th century mosque, one of the biggest in India. After offering the prayers along with ministers and top officials accompanying him, he will address the gathering in the sprawling courtyard of the mosque, which can accommodate about 10,000 worshippers.
The foundation for Makkah Masjid was laid in late in 1616 by Qutub Shahi ruler Sultan Mohammad but it was completed during Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb’s reign in 1694.
The Iranian President will land at Begumpet Airport in the city on Thursday. Rouhani will stay at a star hotel in Banjara Hills, where he will address a meeting of ‘ulema’ or religious scholars of various sects, academicians and other eminent people the same day.
The next day he will visit Makkah Masjid and Salarjung Museum.
After two-day stay here, he will leave for New Delhi, where is scheduled to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Ram Nath Kovind on Saturday.
Modi and Rouhani will hold a meeting on Saturday, during the course of which both sides would review the progress achieved in bilateral relations and also exchange views on regional and international issues of mutual interest. — AFP