India’s development work in Chabahar port has been very slow and the
trade with Afghanistan was much lower than it should be said Iranian ambassador
to India Ali Chegeni.
Talking to newspersons in the national capital Delhi the Iranian
ambassador said India’s work at the port was very slow despite United States
exempting the port operations from the sanctions imposed against Iran
India’s decision to shut down oil imports
from Tehran has hurt India Iranian bilateral trade
He said India’s decision to
shut down oil imports from Tehran following sanctions imposed by United States
has hurt India Iranian bilateral trade and India’s future in the Chabahar Port.
He said Iran has decided to lay the railway line connecting Chabahar
port to Afghan border town of Zahedan in view of the delay over India’s plan to
build the railway line.
(India took over the operations of the part of Shahid Behesti port
(Chabahar Port) under a trilateral agreement it had entered with Iran and
Afghanistan. This was considered a strategic decision since the port would
ensure supplies to Afghanistan bypassing Pakistan.
India’s state run firm India Port Global limited had taken over the
container and multi-purpose cargo handling berth at the port and had promised
an investment of 200 million US dollars including a credit line of 150 million US
dollars. The Iranian government has granted the Indian company a short term
lease of eighteen months followed by a long term lease of ten years,
Besides providing the supply line to Afghanistan, the port would open
the door for Indian cargo to Central Asian Republics, India had contended).
Iran for laying a LNG pipeline to China
Corridor as India not expected to retain interest in Iranian LNG imports
The Iranian ambassador said Iran is holding discussions for laying a
LNG pipeline to China along the controversial China Pakistan Economic Corridor
as India is not expected to retain interest in LNG imports from Iran.
He said if India wants energy security, it should prefer Iran as a