India, Iran, Afghanistan to meet for finalising protocols on Chabahar port soon

Our Bureau New Delhi | Updated on January 16, 2018 Published on September 29, 2016

India, Iran and Afghanistan will meet to discuss Chabahar Port’s potential within two months. Officials of these countries will also meet to decide protocols related to transport and transit, ports, customs procedures and consular affairs.

A Trilateral meeting was held between transport ministers of India, Iran and Afghanistan where they decided to organize a connectivity event involving all stakeholders at Chabahar within two months to increase awareness about the new opportunities offered by Chabahar Port, said a release.

It was decided to evolve protocols related to transport and transit, ports, customs procedures and consular affairs. It was also decided to convene an Expert level meeting of senior officials of the three countries within one month in Chabahar.

The three Ministers held discussions on Trilateral Agreement on Establishment of International Transport and Transit Corridor, also called the Chabahar Agreement which was signed by them on May 23, 2016 in Tehran in the presence of Prime Minister of India and Presidents of Iran and Afghanistan.

Development of Ports, Road and Rail connectivity will open up new opportunities leading to new jobs and prosperity in all three countries. Trade is recognized as driving economic growth and development, the implementation of the Agreement would provide the eco-system for the private sector to seize the business opportunities emerging due to substantial reduction of logistic costs for trade among the three countries.

Minister of Road and Urban Development of Iran Dr. Abbas Ahmed Akhoundi and Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation of Afghanistan, Dr. Mohammadullah Batash are visiting India at the invitation of Road Transport, Highways and Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari.

The Ministers expressed satisfaction that the three countries are taking prompt measures for completing internal processes for the ratification of the Agreement. They also exchanged views on the next steps to be taken for an early implementation of the Chahbahar Agreement.

The Ministers also emphasized the importance of International North-South Transport Corridor (INSTC). The two sides agreed to take steps for the promotion of the same. It was also decided to expedite the implementation of other projects between India and Iran including construction of the Chabahar-Zahedan Railway and India’s investment in Chabahar Free Zone. They also discussed new projects relating to regional connectivity.

Published on September 29, 2016
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