By John Lee.
India has approved a $150-million project to develop the strategic Iranian port of Chabahar [Chah Bahar], which includes a transit route to Afghanistan bypassing neighbouring Pakistan.
AFP reports that New Delhi signed a multi-million-dollar memorandum of understanding with Tehran last May to develop the port on its southeastern coast, but final approval has been given at a cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Afghanistan’s chief executive Abdullah Abdullah, is quoted as saying:
“The development of Chabahar port in Iran is key to India-Afghanistan trade. It can act as a gateway towards opening new energy and trade routes not only in Afghanistan but in Central Asia as well.”
(Picture: Chabahar Bay; Credit, Amirhossein Nikroo)