News ID: 233497
Published: 0352 GMT October 28, 2018

Official underlines importance of Chabahar for Afghanistan

Official underlines importance of Chabahar for Afghanistan

A high-ranking official at Afghanistan's Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation said Tehran-Kabul cooperation in Iran's Chabahar port is beneficial to the south Asian state.

Imam Mohammad Virmach said the Chabahar is of great importance to Afghanistan in view of its geographical location and the short route for the country's imports and exports, Tasnim News Agency reported on Sunday.

It is to Afghanistan's advantage to use the Chabahar for imports, he said, adding that Afghanistan can also export precious gems, fresh and dried fruits, carpets and other goods via the port.

The Afghan official also hailed Iran's decision to agree to Afghanistan's request to use Chabahar for exports.

Chabahar provides the closest and best access point to the Indian Ocean and Iran has devised plans to transform it into a transit hub for access to markets in the northern part of the Indian Ocean and Central Asia.

It aims to create a reliable transport corridor for smooth transportation and transit of goods through Chabahar port.

Chabahar port, located in Sistan-Baluchestan Province on Iran's southeastern coast, is also of great strategic importance to India. It will provide India an alternative and reliable access route into Afghanistan, bypassing Pakistan. This would also give India access to resource-rich Central Asia.

Iran's only oceanic port, Chabahar, dubbed 'international gateway' by Iranian officials, has two separate ports named Shahid Kalantari and Shahid Beheshti.

President Hassan Rouhani inaugurated the first phase of Shahid Beheshti port in a ceremony attended by 70 visiting dignitaries from 17 countries in December.

The opening of the first phase (out of five phases defined for the project) has tripled its capacity to 8.5 million tons (equal to that of all the northern ports of the country) and will allow the docking of super-large container ships and increase India's connectivity with Afghanistan.


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