India Takes Over Operations in Chabahar Port at Afghanistan-India-Iran Meet

A trilateral meeting of officials from India, Afghanistan and Iran on the matter of Chabahar port was held on Monday during which the parties agreed on the routes for trade and transit corridors between the three countries.

The first meeting of the follow-up committee for implementation of the trilateral Chabahar agreement between India, Afghanistan and Iran at the level of Joint Secretary or Director General was held in the Iranian port city of Chabahar, according to India’s ministry of external affairs (MEA).

The statement by MEA informed that India Ports Global Limited company opened its office and took over operations at the Shaheed Behesti port at Chabahar. “Positive and constructive discussions were held between the three sides on full operationalisation of the Trilateral Transit Agreement for international transit and transport through the Chabahar Port. They agreed on the routes for the trade and transit corridors between the three countries,” the MEA said.

It was agreed that pointers like-the protocol to harmonise transit, roads, customs, and consular matters-would be finalised and decided on as soon as possible.

It was also agreed that cargo movement at Chabahar using Transports Internationaux Routiers Convention provisions shall be allowed.

As per the MEA statement, a study would also be initiated for determining measures to make the route ‘attractive’, decrease logistic costs and pave the way for smooth operationalisation of the Chabahar Agreement. A popularising project would be implemented too.

The next Follow-up Committee meeting, followed by the second Coordination Council Meeting at the level of secretaries or deputy ministers, will held in India.

In May 2016, India, Iran and Afghanistan joined a pact which entailed establishment of Transit and Transport Corridor among the three countries using Chabahar Port as one of the regional hubs for sea transportation in Iran, besides multi-modal transport of goods and passengers across the three nations.

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