Jaishankar in Iran as India’s worried about Beijing ‘grabbing’ Chabahar port
Jaishankar met his Iranian counterpart Javad Zarif amid concerns over alliance
proposed by Iran, which will include China, Turkey, Russia & Pakistan.
India not for Chinese
involvement in Chabahar port project
China and Iran are on the verge of signing an economic and
strategic agreement worth $400 billion, but India wants to ensure that the
Chabahar project in the West Asian country doesn’t see any Chinese involvement.
This was among the reasons why External Affairs Minister S.
Jaishankar, who is travelling to Moscow Tuesday for the Shanghai Cooperation
Organisation’s foreign ministers’ meeting, made a stopover in Iran’s capital
Tehran to meet his counterpart Javad Zarif.
Tweets from both the
Jaishankar tweeted after the meeting that he and Zarif had
discussed bilateral cooperation and regional developments.
Zarif also tweeted about the meeting, saying “active engagement
with our neighbourhood is our top priority”.
The China-Iran agreement, which will overshadow the
China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, is set to include a major port development
project on the Strait of Hormuz. India is concerned that the deal is set to be
signed at a time when it hasn’t been able to complete the Chabahar Port project
due to the stringent American sanctions imposed on Iran, diplomatic sources
The sources said once the Chinese gain entry into that country,
they may also try to “grab” the Chabahar project.