India has agreed to increase its freight transit through Iran to help more traffic pass through the strategic Port of Chabahar, according to the Iranian Transportation Minister Rostam Qassemi.
“We have had some good discussions on the issue and we agreed that freight transit through this path should increase,” Qassemi said in a briefing with reporters on Tuesday.
The comments come more than a week after Iran, India and Uzbekistan held a virtual meeting to discuss the situation on the Chabahar, Iran’s only ocean port located on the Sea of Oman where trade has plummeted after the takeover of the Taliban in Afghanistan.
Chabahar had been viewed as a major trade gateway between the Indian Ocean and Afghanistan and other landlocked countries in the Central Asia region.
Iran has invested heavily on construction of a railroad connecting Chabahar to the Afghan border while India has contributed financially to provision of…