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India and Iran have sorted out issues concerning the successful working of the Chabahar Port

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.

 

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