1037 GMT January 22, 2020
Speaking at the second international conference on introducing investment opportunities and sustainable development in Makran coast, Jahangiri said Makran is a key strategic area for Iran, adding that developing the coast could solve many challenges facing the country, including unemployment, reported Mehr News Agency.
Developing Makran coast could also bring about regional justice and empower the locals, he added.
Jahangiri noted that the Makran plan envisages one million residents, adding that industry, oil and gas fields can be further developed in this area.
The VP pointed to the agreement between Iran, India and Afghanistan on Chabahar which has been described as a game changer for regional connectivity, creating a regional trade, investment and transportation hub linking the Indian Ocean to Central Asia.
Another major plan currently underway, according to Jahangiri, is transferring a part of Iran's oil exports from the Persian Gulf to the Sea of Oman in Jask, Hormuzgan Province.
According to Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami, the conference on investment opportunities and sustainable development in Makran Coast is "a great chance for domestic and foreign private sector investors to become familiar with the unique opportunities in petroleum and gas, transit and transportation, tourism and the development of new urban areas."