News ID: 236379
Published: 0353 GMT December 24, 2018

Iran, India, Afghanistan hold joint meeting on Chabahar port

Iran, India, Afghanistan hold joint meeting on Chabahar port

Iran, India, and Afghanistan held their first joint committee meeting on Monday to follow up the agreements reached by the three states to finalize protocols for transit, roads, customs and consular issues for Iran's southeastern port of Chabahar.

The meeting was held in Chabahar, in Sistan-Baluchestan Province, and was attended by Deputy Head of Iran's Ports and Maritime Organization Mohammad Ali Hassanzadeh, as well as high-ranking delegations from the parties to the agreement, reported Fars News Agency.

The committee aimed to finalize the protocol to harmonize transit, roads, customs and consular issues to make the route attractive and decrease costs.

Reportedly, detailed discussions were held between the three sides on drawing up necessary provisions for the full operation of the agreement. Further details are yet to be released.

On October 12, senior Iranian and Indian trade officials held a meeting in New Delhi to review ways to bolster bilateral relations, particularly in the development of Chabahar port.

During the meeting in the Indian capital, Iran's Deputy Minister for Road and Urban Development Mohammad Rastad and senior officials from India's Ministry of Shipping and Ports Association explored avenues for bolstering and reinvigorating mutual cooperation, in particular the development of Chabahar port.

During the meeting, the two sides discussed the development of Chabahar port as well as the time and conditions for implementing the main contract.

The Indian company, IPGL, has been tasked with administering and running the terminal of the first phase of 'Beheshti harbor' at Chabahar port as a mere operator.

Supplying the equipment for development of the port by the Indian company was also on the meeting's agenda.

During his two-day stay, Rastad visited Jawaharlal Nehru Port (JNPT Port), a strategic Indian trade hub, and conferred with officials on boosting ties between the JNPT Port and Chabahar.

Chabahar is the closest and best access point of Iran to the Indian Ocean. In May 2016, Iran and India signed a deal to equip and operate containers and multi-purpose terminals at Shahid Beheshti port in Chabahar with the capital investment of $85.21 million and annual revenue expenditure of $22.95 million on a 10-year lease.

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