The Hush Post: The first phase of the Chabahar port will be inaugurated today, opening up a new strategic transit route between India, Iran and Afghanistan. The first ever wheat consignment from India to Afghanistan took place through this port, obviating Pakistan about a month ago, and is since considered a new ray of hope. Since then, this port has assumed importance as it bypasses Pakistan. The Chabahar port is important to India’s trade and its economic ties to its partners in the tripartite project. The port is located in Iran’s south-eastern Sistan-Baluch-e-stan province, and will be inaugurated by Iranian President in the presence of officials from India, Afghanistan and other countries of the region.
Indian government will manage-cum-operate the first phase of the port.
The port is likely to push trade between India, Afghanistan and Iran in the wake of Pakistan denying transit access to New Delhi for trade with the two countries.
Ahead of the inauguration, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj her Iran’s foreign minister Javed Zarif held a meeting in Tehran to review the implementation of the Chabahar port project.
The project is important because the port connects to routes with Central Asian states like Tajikistan, Azerbaijan, Khyrgistan, Uzbekistan and other countries in the world through the Sea of Oman and the Indian Ocean.