Iran’s Southeastern Chabahar Port, which is New Delhi’s strategic link to Afghanistan-Pakistan region, is just 72 km West of Pakistan’s Gwadar port which is being built by China.
Making investments in the Chabahar Port on the Sistan-Balouchestan province in Iran will give leverage to India in the region and by making it as an important transit link it will give India an access to Afghanistan, Central Asia and Eurasia thereby reducing the landlocked Kabul’s utter dependence on Pakistan. The Chabahar Port project is set to bypass Islamabad.
India’s shipping secretary K Mohandas is in Tehran push the plans ahead. The Mohandas-led delegation is the first such high-level team visiting Iran over the port in a while. His visit will conclude on November 30.
Iran believes that this port collaboration between Delhi and Tehran is the “minimum” that is necessary between the two countries for the development of the people and the region.
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