India signals commitment to Chahabar despite Taliban shadow

India signals commitment to Chahabar despite Taliban shadow

India’s External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar says Iran’s Chabahar Port has emerged as a commercial transit hub for the region.

His country has been developing a part of Chabahar on Iran’s southeastern coast along the Sea of Oman in order to expand trade with Iran, Afghanistan and Central Asian nations.

Jaishankar put it the other way around, saying the port is a “more economical and stable route” for landlocked countries to reach India and the global market.

His remarks in reply to the lower house of parliament, Lok Sabha, indicated India’s continuing commitment to the port despite speculation about its viability following the takeover of Afghanistan by the Taliban in mid-August, English-language daily the Hindustan Times said.

“The Chabahar Port has provided much needed sea-access to landlocked Afghanistan. The port has also emerged as a commercial transit hub for the region. It is a more economical and stable route for landlocked…

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