US sanctions against Tehran coming into force in the next ten days, India took
steps to operationalize Chabahar port it was constructing in Iran to facilitate
movement of cargo to war torn Afghanistan by passing Pakistan.
trilateral meeting held in Tehran on October 23 between representatives of
India, Iran and Afghanistan it was decided to finalize the protocol on transit,
customs and consular matters for operationalizing the agreement on Chabahar
side presented the protocol to make the “route attractive, decrease logistic
costs and pave the way for smooth implementation of the Trilateral Chabahar
Agreement”, the external affairs ministry said.
the first trilateral meeting of the coordination council for the Chabahar
Agreement. “Detailed discussions were held between the three sides on full
operationalisation of the trilateral agreement for international transit and
transport through Chabahar port,” said a statement from the external affairs
sides decided to constitute a “follow-up committee” that will hold its first
meeting within two months in Chabahar and aim to “finalise (the) protocol to
harmonize transit, roads, customs, consular matters that was shared by the
decided the coordination council’s next meeting will be held in the first half
of 2019 in India.
delegation was led by TS Tirumurti, secretary (economic relations) while the
Iranian side was led by deputy minister of urban development Mohammad Rastad,
who called for “modifying and adjusting the transportation and customs tariffs”
between the three countries for developing regional transit, according to
Iran’s Mehr news agency. Rastad reiterated Iran’s commitment to fully
implementing the provisions of the Chabahar Agreement.
port a stragegic asset for India is crucial to the plans to ferry supplies to
Afghanistan while bypassing Pakistan. Under an agreement signed between India
and Iran in May 2016, New Delhi is to equip and operate two berths in the first
phase of Chabahar port with a capital investment of 85.21 million US Dollars and
annual revenue expenditure of 22.95 million US Dollars on a 10-year lease.