India and Iran have sorted out all the
issues that came in the way of successful operation of the container terminals
which New Delhi is putting up at Chabahar port intended to transport goods to
Afghanistan bypassing Pakistan.
Shipping minister Nitin Gadkari disclosed
this to newspersons on January tenth after a bilateral meeting he had with the
Iranian minister of Road and Urban development Dr Abbas Akhoundi at the
national capital. The talks were preceded by an Indo-Iran Joint Business
Seminar attended by officials and nearly a hundred delegates from the public and
private sector and various trade bodies from both countries.
Talking to media persons after the talks
Mri Gadkari termed the discussions as very fruitful. He said the Chabahar Port
was very important for both India and Iran, and offered a win-win situation to
both the countries. He said the port would be a growth engine for India as it
opened up an alternate route for exports to Afghanistan and Russia. It would
also open up business opportunities for investors of both India and Iran to
invest in each otherís country, he said.
The Minister disclosed that the two
countries have sorted out all issues pertaining to the Chabahar Port in their
discussions. He also said the Indo-Iran Joint Business Seminar was a fruitful
exercise for exploring business opportunities in the two countries. He
expressed confidence that todayís meeting would help to further strengthen the
good relations between the two countries.
Dr Akhoundi spoke of various infrastructure
projects in Iran and highlighted the investor friendly business environment,
particularly in the transportation and logistics sector.
The Indo-Iran Joint Business Seminar held
earlier during the day focussed on Chabahar Port, opportunities in Free Zone and
Transit Corridors. The Minister of State for Shipping, Mansukh Mandaviya spoke
about the initiatives taken by the Government of India to enhance bilateral
cooperation in the maritime sector.
Presentations were made by the Managing
Director, India Port Global Limited, the Managing Director of Port and Maritime
Organisation of Iran and by their Deputy Minister of
Transport, on Transit Corridors and Transhipment. The business event was
attended by nearly a hundred delegates from the public and private sector and
various trade bodies from both the countries. The meeting closed with an
insightful open house session.