India Chabahar Port Development to Establish Connectivity with Central Asia
In the 19th India-Iran joint commission meeting, Chabahar port was discussed and a Trilateral meeting between India, Afghanistan and Iran was held on Chabahar port very recently.
Reflecting on the developments, Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said in a media briefing on 02 January, “And there is lot of good news coming out from that port. You know the port has commenced operation almost a year ago, December 2018. Since then we have had almost 4500 containers, which has moved between the two countries, between India and Chabahar port, almost half a million cargo has moved, what we are working now with Iran is to how we can further enhance the connectivity, how we can take it forward, how we can use this connectivity to expand also our trade links with Central Asia”.
In the 19thIndia-Iran joint commission meetingIndia and Iran agreed to accelerate work on the strategic Chabahar project as external affairs minister S Jaishankar held talks with his Iranian counterpart Javad Zarif on regional and global issues of mutual interest.
“Just concluded a very productive India-Iran Joint Commission Meeting with my co-chair FM Zarif,” Jaishankar tweeted after the meeting. “Reviewed the entire gamut of our cooperation. Agreed on accelerating our Chabahar project,” he said.
“Had a very good conversation on the regional and global picture with the Iranian foreign minister. India and Iran will work together closely on their shared interests,” he tweeted. Zarif tweeted that the two countries held, “excellent discussions on closer bilateral relations & regional & global issues affecting our respective countries.” “Our ties are ancient, historic & unbreakable,” Zarif tweeted
Meanwhile, the second meeting of the follow-up committee for the implementation of the trilateral Chabahar Agreement between Iran, India and Afghanistan at the level of Joint Secretary/Director-General was held earlier.
Through connectivity and linking up with the International North South Transport Corridor proved elusive mainly due to sanctions on Iran. India was hesitant in investing in the project given possible risks including lack of an efficient mechanism for transfer of funds to Iran for the past few years.