Iran invites Pak to join Chabahar port project with India: Report

Iran invites Pak to join Chabahar port project with India: Report

Iran invites Pak to join Chabahar port project with India: Report

By / World News / Wednesday, 14 March 2018 07:37

Islamabad,
Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif has invited Pakistan to participate in the Chabahar port project that connects India to Afghanistan, Central Asia and Eastern Europe, a leading Pakistani daily reported on Tuesday.

The move may be seen as Zarif’s bid to allay concerns here over the Indian involvement in the Iranian port, Dawn online reported. The Iranian minister also, meanwhile, extended the invitation to China.

“We offered to participate in the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). We have also offered Pakistan and China to participate in Chahbahar,” Zarif, who is on a three-day visit to Pakistan, said while delivering a lecture at the Institute of Strategic Studies Islamabad (ISSI) on Monday, according to the daily.

India, Iran and Afghanistan signed a trilateral agreement in 2016 to jointly develop the Chabahar port, opening a new strategic transit route between the three nations and other Central Asian nations, bypassing Pakistan. In November 2017 India delivered first wheat consignment to Afghanistan through the Chabahar port.

Zarif had earlier held bilateral talks with his Pakistani counterpart Khawaja Asif and addressed a trade conference. The visiting Foreign Minister is being accompanied by a large trade delegation from Iran. He also said that Gwadar port and Chabahar port needed to be linked through sea and land routes for development.

Author

Hum Hindustani

Hum Hindustani

New York

Scattered showers
75°F
SSE at 11 mph /75%
Thursday
69°F / 83°F
Friday
65°F / 74°F
Saturday
62°F / 75°F

Please publish modules in offcanvas position.