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5 December, 2017 00:00 00 AM
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CHABAHAR PORT LAUNCHED

India, Afghanistan can now skip Pakistan

The Times of India
India, Afghanistan can now skip Pakistan

NEW DELHI: The first phase of the strategically located Chabahar port + was inaugurated on Sunday by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. India, Iran and Afghanistan reiterated their commitment to the early operationalization of the port that will contribute to bilateral and regional trade and economic development, apart from providing land-locked Afghanistan an alternative access to regional and global markets, reports The Times of India.

Minister of state (shipping) Pon Radhakrishnan represented India at the inauguration of phase one+ of what is known as the Shahid Beheshti port at Chabahar. He also represented India in the second edition of the India-Iran-Afghanistan ministerial-level meeting on Chabahar port development.

The Chabahar project, located on the Gulf of Oman, only 85km from China's Gwadar port in Pakistan, is important for India as it will allow it to bypass Pakistan in accessing Afghanistan and Central Asia

The MEA said the three countries agreed to further intensify efforts on issues concerning regional connectivity and Chabahar port development under the trilateral transit and trade agreement at the meeting. The agreement is yet to be ratified by Iran but India expressed "positive appreciation" to the Iranian side on recent steps taken towards ratification by Iran's Majlis, its parliament.

"The completion of the internal procedures on the ratification process by Iran is expected to lead to full and early operationalisation of the transit and trade arrangement between the three countries through the Chabahar port," a government statement said.

 

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