Iran conveys to India; first phase of Chabahar completed; heres why its significant
In a crucial development, Iran has conveyed to India that the Chabahar port first phase has been completed.
Such is excitement that Tehran plans to inaugurate it on Sunday in the presence of Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani and officials from India, Afghanistan and other countries.
Sources informed that this is a major step and discussions are under way in New Delhi on a political-level representation at the inauguration ceremony on December 3. So far, Indian diplomats based in Tehran are expected to take part.
This comes exactly a month after India had operationalized Chabahar port and sent the first consignment of wheat to Afghanistan.
The development assumes significance since India’s outreach through Iran is taking place at a time the Donald Trump administration is planning to corner Tehran through diplomatic and economic means.
New Delhi had recently started the air freight corridor to Afghanistan, and has sent 981 tonnes of fruit since mid-June this year. But the air corridor has limitations in terms of capacity, and the sea route has economic advantages.>