Chabahar eases Afghanistan access to India market

Afghan Foreign Ministry spokesman Janan Mosazai

Iran’s southeastern Chabahar Port facilitates Afghanistan’s access to the Indian market, Afghan Foreign Ministry spokesman, Janan Mosazai says.

Mosazai told reporters in Kabul on Sunday that Iran, Afghanistan and India are determined to use the potential of Chabahar Port which, he said, is located along a strategic transit route.

He said a unique economic opportunity will be created in the region after Tehran, Kabul and New Delhi sign an agreement on the development of Chabahar Port.

In November, India’s state-run Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust sent a team to Iran to accelerate work on Chabahar Port with a view to facilitating New Delhi’s access to Afghanistan and Central Asia.

Iran’s 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.

Afghan Ambassador to New Delhi Shaida Mohammad Abdali said on November 18 that his government is eager to sign an agreement with Iran and India for the transit of commodities to Afghanistan.

He said his country is keen to ink a trilateral transit agreement with Iran and India on Chabahar Port, which is meant to provide a route for trade with landlocked Afghanistan.

By Press TV


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