India and Iran
have reaffirmed their commitment to continue their cooperation on the
development of the Chabahar Port as a transit hub for the region including
Central Asia and said delegates from the two counties will meet soon to address
operational aspects of the key port.
Both sides reviewed the
progress made at the Shahid Beheshti terminal, Chabahar port in Iran.
For India, the
Chabahar Port is a much-needed project for sea-access to landlocked Afghanistan
and Central Asian region. The port has also emerged as a commercial transit hub
for the region. It is a more economical and stable route for landlocked
countries of the region to reach India and the global market.
This commitment to
continuing cooperation on the Chabahar Port was made during Iranian Foreign
Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian’s visit to India starting Wednesday. This is
the first official visit of Abdollahian to New Delhi, since he assumed office
in August 2021.
New Delhi and
Tehran have also agreed to “precipitate” investment in the Chabahar Port which
is being developed with the help of India, the visiting minister said.
also said Chabahar Port is a very reliable infrastructure asset and added that
it is already functional with help from Indian investment.
delegation-level talks Jaishankar appreciated the role of Iran in facilitating
India’s medical assistance to Afghanistan, including supply of COVID-19
vaccines to Afghan nationals residing in Iran.
The Ministers also
discussed international and regional issues.