The Indian-backed Iranian Chabahar port has emerged as one of the biggest loopholes in tightening the economic noose against Iran. The Indo-Iranian Chabahar Project limits the US administration to fully squeeze Tehran as the Trump administration is hesitant to be sucked into another war and is keen either for a regime change or force Tehran to its knees.
Alice Wells, the State Department’s assistant secretary for South and Central Asia, said during a meeting with Afghan foreign minister Salahuddin Rabbani that Chabahar had been exempted at Afghanistan’s request. The State Department said earlier that the exemption was granted because it was related to “reconstruction assistance and economic development for Afghanistan, which includes the development and operation of Chabahar Port.”
US officials said privately that the exemption was also a nod to India that sees Chabahar as vital for the expansion of its trade with Afghanistan and Central Asian republics. Read More