News ID: 232076
Published: 0406 GMT September 30, 2018

ACCI seeks more benefits from Chabahar port

ACCI seeks more benefits from Chabahar port

Officials from Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) said the country needs Chabahar port to increase trade and transit ties with India and that more privileges should be given to Afghanistan in this respect.

ACCI officials said that they have not been assured by the US embassy in Kabul that Afghanistan-India trade and transit relations via Chabahar will not be affected by the US sanctions on Iran, reported.

"We are not informed by the US embassy in Kabul that whether Afghanistan and India's trade through Chabahar port will be affected by US sanctions on Iran and on which parts these sanctions will have their impacts," said Atiqullah Nusrat, the CEO of ACCI.

Officials from the Afghan-American Chamber of Commerce (AACC) underlined the need for expanding trade and transit relations between Afghanistan and India via Chabahar port, saying it will help the economic growth of both nations.

According to investors and economic analysts, Afghanistan and India can boost trade and transit ties easily through Chabahar port, but the new US sanctions on Iran have changed the situation.

Jeffery Grieco, the CEO of the AACC told TOLOnews that Chabahar port can play a vital for in expanding Kabul-New Delhi trade and transit ties, but the new sanctions by the United States on Iran, which will affect trade and transit at the port, is a political issue.

"There is a political side to the Chabahar port development and then there is a commercial side. We do not get involved in the political side that is based on the policies set by the United States," said Grieco.

Meanwhile, a number of investors said new US sanctions on Iran should not affect other countries, especially investors.

The investors said if the US sanctions make the investors to suffer financial loss in trading through Chabahar port, most of the investors will stop using the port.

"We hope that Afghanistan and the region's economy will not be affected by the US-Iran tension. We need to have a transit route from Iran to India and further," said Sakhi Ahmad Paiman, head of Industries Owners Association of Afghanistan.

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