Indian Ambassador to Kabul Amar Sinha has underlined the importance of the Iranian port of Chabahar for the transit of Indian goods to Afghanistan.
Sinha was quoted by Lemar TV as saying on Wednesday that his country is not willing to use Pakistan territory for transit, stressing that Chabahar Port is the best option for this purpose.
He added that New Delhi stands firmly committed to the development of Chabahar Port in cooperation with the Islamic Republic.
Sinha said the transit of Indian goods through the Iranian port will benefit India, Afghanistan and Iran.
Meanwhile, Afghan Minister of Commerce and Industry Anwar-ul-Haq Ahady has noted that Kabul cannot make complete use of Pakistani ports despite trade agreements signed between the two countries.
Chabahar port — located 72 kilometers (44 miles) west of Pakistan’s Gwadar Port — holds immense strategic and economic significance for India.
The port is already connected to the city of Zaranj in Afghanistan’s southwestern province of Nimruz and can serve as India’s entry point to Afghanistan, Central Asia and beyond.
India had already indicated its willingness to forge closer cooperation with the Islamic Republic of Iran and make investments in the southeastern Iranian port city of Chabahar in order to facilitate the transportation of commodities to Afghanistan.
India will reportedly invest over USD 100 million in Chabahar Port.
The Indian government also plans to improve the berthing facility of Chabahar Port and expand its container terminal.
By Press TV
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