Chabahar Port Project To Benefit Landlocked Afghanistan Central Asia: India

(MENAFN- AsiaNet News) India on Friday said a "narrow view" should not be taken on the long-term agreement between New Delhi and Tehran on the Chabahar port project as it would benefit landlocked Afghanistan, Central Asia and the entire region.

Days back, the United States' State Department warned New Delhi of the potential risk of economic sanctions that any entity considering a business deal with Iran. New Delhi and Tehran inked a 10-year deal with Tehran to operate the Chabahar port.

On Monday, US Department of State Principal Deputy Spokesperson Vedant Patel said:“So, we're aware of these reports that Iran and India have signed a deal concerning the Chabahar port...I will just say, as it relates to the United States, US sanctions on Iran remain in place and we'll continue to enforce them.”

India on Friday added that a broad perspective should be adopted regarding the long-term agreement between the two countries concerning the Chabahar port project. Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Randhir Jaiswal said,“The Indian company, India Ports Global Limited has been operating the port since 2018 on an interim lease. Now, we have concluded a long-term agreement which is essential for port operation.”

He said,“Since then, we have provided humanitarian assistance including 85,000 metric tons of wheat, 200 metric tons of pulses and 40,000 litres of pesticide Malathion, to Afghanistan through this port.”

“The US has shown an understanding of the importance of the Chabahar Port operations for continued humanitarian supplies to Afghanistan and to provide Afghanistan with economic alternatives,” Jaiswal added. Situated in Iran's Sistan-Balochistan province on the southern coast, the Chabahar port is a joint initiative between India and Iran aimed at enhancing connectivity and trade relations in the region.


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