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India’s Work on Chabahar Port very slow says Iranian Ambassador to India

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 dependable supplier.

 

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