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India inks pact with Iran for Chabahar Port Terminal operation

The contract, formalised between India Ports Global Ltd and Iran's Ports and Maritime Organisation, marks India's maiden endeavor in managing an overseas port. 

News Arena Network - Tehran - UPDATED: May 13, 2024, 06:26 AM - 2 mins read

Union Minister of Ports, Shipping and Waterways Sarbananda Sonowa with Iran's Minister for Roads and Urban Development Mehrdad Bazrpash.

India inks pact with Iran for Chabahar Port Terminal operation

Union Minister of Ports, Shipping and Waterways Sarbananda Sonowa with Iran's Minister for Roads and Urban Development Mehrdad Bazrpash.


India and Iran finalised a landmark agreement on Monday for the operation of the Shahid Beheshti Port terminal at Chabahar in Iran. 

 

The contract, formalised between India Ports Global Ltd and Iran's Ports and Maritime Organisation, marks India's maiden endeavor in managing an overseas port. 

 

The signing ceremony, attended by Ports, Shipping, and Waterways Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, signifies a significant step in enhancing bilateral cooperation and strengthening maritime connectivity between the two nations.

 

Speaking on the occasion, Sonowal said, "With the signature of this contract, we have laid the foundations of India’s long-term involvement at Chabahar." Sonowal added that the signing of this contract will have a multiplier effect on the viability and visibility of Chabahar port.

 

According to him, Chabahar is not only the closest Iranian port to India but it is also an excellent port from nautical point of view. Sonowal also held a meeting with his Iranian counterpart.

 

Located in Sistan-Balochistan province on the energy-rich Iran's southern coast, the Chabahar port is being developed by India and Iran to boost connectivity and trade ties.

 

India has been pushing for the Chabahar port project to boost regional trade, especially for its connectivity to Afghanistan.

 

India and Iran have projected the port as a key hub for the INSTC project.

 

The INSTC is a 7,200-km-long multi-mode transport project for moving freight among India, Iran, Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Russia, Central Asia and Europe.

 

The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) had allocated Rs 100 crore for Chabahar Port for 2024-25, underlining India's focus on connectivity projects with Iran. 

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