Iran has launched its major project – the port of Chabahar to push the country engaging with the global community. President Hassan Rouhani on Sunday inaugurated the southern-east port in Iran’s Baluchistan and Sistan province. The inauguration ceremony was attended by officials of 17 countries. It will be a new extension of the strategic trade corridor.
After Tehran signed the nuclear pact under the name Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the development work of Chabahar port gets accelerated.
On Sunday, the president of Iran inaugurated the first phase of Chabahar port which is also known as the Shahid Beheshti port. The port opened a way between Central Asia and Afghanistan to practice trade with India. In this way in accelerating the Indian commerce with Afghanistan and Central Asia, Pakistan gets isolated.
To promote bilateral relations between India and Iran, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has made a surprise visit to Tehran during the return trip from Russia to the strategically important port before the inauguration of the port.
About a month ago, India had sent the first consignment of wheat in Afghanistan through Chabahar port. Talking about this export through Chabahar port, the External Affair Minister said this is a gift to the Afghans from Indians.
The minister added to maintain the peace, stability, security, and prosperity in Afghanistan, Indian will continue working closely with its international and regional partners.
The Chabahar port is a bypass from Pakistan and to build this port, India has confirmed to contribute $500 million. The exact location of Chabahar Port is on the coast of the Gulf of Oman in southern east port in Iran’s Baluchistan and Sistan province.
As the president inaugurated the first phase of Chabahar port, the country already invested about 1 billion dollars in setting up the port.
Behrouz Aqaee, the Director General of Ports and Marine Organizations, said in Iran’s Sistan and Baluchistan province about 100,000 tons of ships will be able to call the port after the ships are operational. The representatives of 27 countries participated in the inauguration of the port and it was like a fanfare.