Iran, Afghanistan, India sign three-way transit accord

The accord will significantly boost the role of the undertapped port of Chabahar, says Iranian presidency's statement

Afp May 23, 2016
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on May 23, 2016 shows him (right) walks alongside Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a welcome ceremony in Tehran on May 23, 2016. PHOTO: AFP

TEHRAN: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday signed a three-way transit agreement on Iran's southern port of Chabahar.

The accord, which calls for joint investments, will significantly boost the role of the undertapped port of Chabahar, connecting Iran through India and Afghanistan to central Asia, the Iranian presidency said on its website.

"Today is an important and historical day of development of relations between the three countries," Rouhani said in a televised speech, seated between the two other leaders.

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"From Tehran, New Delhi and Kabul, this is a crucial message ... that the path to progress for regional countries goes through joint cooperation and utilising regional opportunities."

Modi said: "We want to link to the world, but connectivity among ourselves is also a priority."

"Our will starts from Chabahar today, but its end will be an all-out comprehensive development and economic-cultural cooperation," said Ghani.


Sandip | 6 years ago | Reply @Golden Horde: Agree - It's very difficult to get a rentier state at the price that US, or for that matter China, get Pakistan at. India in any case isn't available for rent. So you are quite right. US is not going to stop supporting Pakistan and neither would China.
Golden Horde | 6 years ago | Reply @Raj: You seem to ahve very short memories. The fact is, Pak is a current US ally. Officially. And India isnt. US supplies arms to pakistan for free. And India pays through its nose. And there is a reason for that. US needs pak to keep India in check. Indians think that only if they buy more from US, the US will dump pakistan. It hasnt happened and it will not happen because as India grows, there is greater and greater need by the US to keep india in line. None of you indians understand this and keep wondering why US supports pakistan so much :) So all this fantasy of US destroying gwadar will remain that for you. Gwadar will become another shanghai. While you keep waiting for US to destroy Gwadar. Tomorrow...the next month, next year, next decade, next century :)
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