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Chabahar phase one launched; India, Afghanistan can now skip Pakistan

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Sunday presided over the opening of a $1bn extension to Iran's southeastern Chabahar port, which Tehran hopes will become a key transit route to land-locked Afghanistan and Central Asia.

The port will open Afghanistan and Central Asia to Indian commerce while isolating Pakistan.

In October, India sent its first consignment of wheat to Afghanistan through Chabahar, located about 140 kilometres (88 miles) from Pakistan's Gwadar port, which is being developed with Chinese help.

Speaking on Sunday in Chabahar, Sistan and Baluchistan province, Dr Rouhani added: "This port has a special position and situation, which can shorten the North-South Corridor and connect it to the ocean". India has committed $500 million to build the port to bypass Pakistan.

The Shahid Beheshti extension was inaugurated in the presence of dignitaries from India, Afghanistan, Qatar and Pakistan. "The routes of the region should be connected on land, sea and air", Rouhani said at the inauguration ceremony, according to his office.

"The shipment of wheat is a landmark moment as it will pave the way for operationalization of the Chabahar port as an alternate, reliable and robust connectivity for Afghanistan", the ministry of external affairs (MEA) had said in a statement. We should go after positive competition. "It was also made a decision to convene an expert level meeting of senior officials of the three countries at the earliest", the statement said.

He further pointed to the opening of Shahid Beheshti Port of Chabahar in southeastern Iran, and said it reinforces Iran-India mutual and regional cooperation.

Ahead of the inauguration of the port, Indian foreign minister Sushma Swaraj on Saturday met her Iranian counterpart Javed Zarif in Tehran during which the implementation of the Chabahar port project was discussed.

There was also agreement on the need for an integrated development of connectivity infrastructure including ports, road and rail networks that "would open up greater opportunities for regional market access and contribute towards the economic integration and benefit of the three countries and the region", the statement added.

The port will increase the capacity of loading and unloading of the ships as well as the employment rate in the province, according to an official with the Sistan and Baluchestan Ports and Maritime Organisation.


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