Plain Sailing For India As Iran Opens First Phase Of The Chabahar Port To Make Way For New Trading Route

Plain Sailing For India As Iran Opens First Phase Of The Chabahar Port To Make Way For New Trading Route

The first phase of the Chabahar port on the Gulf of Oman was inaugurated on Sunday by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, opening a new strategic route connecting Iran, India and Afghanistan bypassing Pakistan, and reflecting growing convergence of interests among the three countries.

The port in the Sistan-Balochistan province on the energy-rich nation’s southern coast is easily accessible from India’s western coast and is increasingly seen as a counter to Pakistan’s Gwadar Port, which is being developed with Chinese investment and is located at distance of around 80km from Chabahar.

The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said Minister of State for Shipping, Pon Radhakrishnan represented India at the inauguration ceremony of the Phase 1 of the Shahid Beheshti Port at Chabahar – which was also attended by ambassadors and senior officials. Read More…

 

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