Indian Ambassador to Tehran Gaddam Dharmendra said that Iran’s southeastern port city of Chabahar is of prime importance to New Delhi, adding that the two countries increased their trade in the last year by 30 percent.
International conference on Chabahar development coinciding with Chabahar Day began in the southeastern port of Chabahar on Tuesday with the participation of Iranian officials and guests from 17 countries.
Chabahar port in southeastern Iran has an important position in accelerating the country's economic development, said the secretary of the Supreme Council of Iran's Free Trade, Industrial and Special Economic Zones.
Close on the heels of the launch of a new shipping route connecting three Indian ports with Chabahar, Iran is eyeing the construction of a gas pipeline and a railway link to Zahedan to boost activities at the strategic port, Iranian officials said on Monday.
By Sudha Ramachandran*
With India taking over operations at Iran's Shahid Behesti port in Chabahar, New Delhi has reached an important milestone in realizing its economic and strategic ambitions in Central Asia.