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Scripting A New Chapter': India Inks Long-Term Deal For Operation Of Iran's Chabahar Port

India signs a long-term deal to operate Iran's Chabahar Port, marking a significant milestone in regional connectivity and cooperation.

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  • 13, May, 2024
Jivika Chawla
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Scripting A New Chapter': India Inks Long-Term Deal For Operation Of Iran's Chabahar Port

India finalized a significant long-term contract with Iran for the operation of the Shahid Beheshti Port in Chabahar, as announced by the Ministry of External Affairs on Monday. This move is anticipated to elevate Delhi's investments and connectivity ties with Tehran.

New Delhi has actively pursued the development of a section of the Chabahar port, situated along Iran's southeastern coast on the Gulf of Oman. The port serves as a crucial gateway for transporting goods to Iran, Afghanistan, and Central Asian nations, offering an alternative route that bypasses Pakistan's ports of Karachi and Gwadar. However, the progress of the port's development has been impeded by US sanctions on Iran over the years.

The announcement of the long-term contract follows Union Shipping Minister Sarbananda Sonowal's visit to Iran to finalize the deal. Describing the agreement as a landmark moment in bilateral relations, MEA spokesperson Randhir Jaiswal emphasized its potential to bolster India's connectivity with Afghanistan, Central Asia, and Eurasia.

The strategic significance of the Chabahar port lies in its role as a vital node in India's efforts to enhance regional connectivity and promote economic integration. By investing in the port's development, India aims to strengthen its trade and transit links with key partners in the region while reducing dependence on traditional maritime routes.

The agreement underscores India's commitment to deepening its engagement with Iran and expanding its presence in the strategically important region. It aligns with India's broader geopolitical objectives of fostering connectivity, promoting economic growth, and ensuring regional stability.

As India continues to pursue its ambitious initiatives for regional connectivity and economic integration, the Chabahar port remains a critical component of its strategic calculus. The long-term contract with Iran marks a significant step forward in realizing India's vision for enhanced connectivity and engagement in the wider Indo-Pacific region.

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