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Trilateral meeting in Iran talks Chabahar port agreement

Trilateral meeting in Iran talks Chabahar port agreement

Dec 03, 2017 - 20:29

KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghanistan, India and Iran on Sunday discussed implementation of the trilateral agreement on establishment of International Transport and Transit Corridor at Chabahar, Iran.

Iran’s Minister of Roads and Urban Development Dr. Abbas Ahmed Akhoundi, Minister of Commerce and Industries of Afghanistan Humayoon Rasaw and the Minister of State for Shipping of India P Radhakrishnan led the respective delegations.

The three ministers welcomed the inauguration of the Phase-1 of the Chabahar Port by the President of Iran earlier in the day.

The ministers recalled decisions taken at the last trilateral meeting in New Delhi in September 2016 and expressed satisfaction on completion of ratification procedures of the Trilateral Agreement by Afghanistan and India. They welcomed steps taken by Iranian Majles to complete the ratification process.

A joint statement released after the meeting said the ministers discussed next steps for full implementation of the agreement and moving towards its operationalization.

“Towards this endeavor, it was decided to finalize 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 at the earliest.”

Reiterating importance of Chabahar as a hub for regional economic connectivity and their commitment to work towards this objective, the ministers commended joint efforts of the three countries in recent successful transit of wheat from India to Afghanistan through Chabahar.

It was also reiterated to organize a connectivity event involving all stakeholders at Chabahar at the earliest so as to increase awareness about the new opportunities offered by Chabahar Port.

The ministers agreed that an integrated development of connectivity infrastructure including ports, road and rail networks would open up greater opportunities for regional market access and contribute towards the economic integration and benefit of the three countries and the region.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Sunday inaugurated the first phase of the country's strategic Chahbahar Port, opening up a transit route between Iran, Afghanistan and India that bypasses Pakistan.

The first phase of the project, known as the Shahid Beheshti port was inaugurated in the presence of dignitaries from India, Afghanistan, Qatar and Pakistan.