investment in Chabahar port as a strategic project to provide supply lines to
war torn Afghanistan bypassing Pakistan has crossed yet another hurdle with
United States exempting the project from the wide ranging sanctions it had
imposed in Tehran a few days back.
The US announced it has provided for an “exception” from certain sanctions —
an exemption, in other words — to the Iranian port of Chabahar that India has
developed and used for reconstruction efforts in Afghanistan.
United States has already announced that India and
seven other countries including China have been exempted from the sanctions for
import of crude and petroleum products from Tehran for a limited period.
“After extensive consideration, the Secretary of
state has provided for an exception from the imposition of certain sanctions with respect to the development of Chabahar Port
and the construction of an associated railway and for the shipment of non
sanctiond goods through the Port for Afghanistan,” a state department
Afghanistan’s imports of Iranian petroleum
products were also being exempted from sanctions.
The exemptions were linked to the reconstruction
effort in Afghanistan, to which India has been a key contributor, a role that
was recognized by the US Establishment. The
relief given to Indian to India is part of US strategy which “underscores our ongoing support of
Afghanistan’s economic growth and development as well as our close partnership
Chabahar had been possibly given an exemption as
it had not figured in the comprehensive list of 700 sanctioned Iranian
individuals and entities — 400 from the earlier rounds of sanctions and 300 new
— that was published by the US treasury department on October fifth. .
The strategic Chabahar port where India manages
two terminals through Kandla port has shipped about 110 thousand metric tons of
wheat and 2,000 metric tons of pulses from India to Afghanistan according to