Afghanistan would no longer depend on Pakistan for its transit trade with
India and other countries with the opening of the strategic Chabahar Port, a
top Afghan leader has said. Chabahar Port, located in the Sistan-Balochistan
province lies outside the Persian Gulf and is easily accessed from India’s
western coast, bypassing Pakistan.
The port is likely to step up trade between India, Afghanistan and Iran in
the wake of Pakistan denying transit access to New Delhi for trade with the two
countries. India has been closely working with Afghanistan to create alternate
and reliable access routes, bypassing Pakistan. “Afghanistan used to rely only
on one transit road, which was through Karachi. That is not the case anymore.
we will get goods through Chabahar,” Afghan Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah
As per the agreement signed between India and Iran in May last year, India
is to equip and operate two berths in Chabahar Port Phase-I with capital
investment of 85.21 million US Dollars. Afghanistan in the near future would
also have trade transit route through Central Asia that would connect the
country with Europe.
Afghansitant will be signing one or two agreements with neighbouring
countries, including Uzbekistan, hopefully in a few days which will help
transit,” he said at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS),
a top American think-tank, according to media reports from US capital
Welcoming the new South Asia policy
of US President Donald Trump, Abdullah said he is today more hopeful than
before that Afghanistan will succeed and will overcome the challenges that are
ahead of it.