The first phase of Iranís Chabahar port
has opened for business, giving way to the new strategic transit route between
Iran, India and Afghanistan, bypassing Pakistan.
Iranian president Hassan Rouhani on
Sunday inaugurated the newly-built extension of the port in the presence of
dignitaries from India, Afghanistan, Qatar and Pakistan.
A day earlier, Indian External Affairs
Minister Sushma Swaraj reportedly held a meeting with her Iranian counterpart,
Javed Zarif, in Tehran to review the implementation of the Chabahar Port.
India, Afghanistan, and Iran last year
decided to jointly establish a trade route for land-locked Central Asian
countries. India committed up to $500 million for the development of the
Chahabar Port along with associated roads and rail lines.
The Iranian port of Chabahar will help
ramp up the trade between India, Afghanistan and Iran in the wake of Pakistan
denying the facilities due to strained ties.
importance of the Chabahar port is it would effectively counter the Chinese
presence in the Arabian Sea in helping Pakistan develop Gwadar port.