The First Meeting of the Follow up Committee for the Implementation of Chabahar Agreement

Iran, India and Afghanistan attended the First Meeting of the Follow up Committee for the Implementation of Chabahar Agreement in Chabahar on December 24th, 2018.
The First Meeting of the Follow up Committee for the Implementation of Chabahar Agreement

“Chabahar is one of the most important and strategic ports of Iran for transit and trade of commodities between the countries of India, Afghanistan and other countries of the region, especially the CIS countries.” Said the Deputy of Port and Economic Affairs of Ports and Maritime Organization of Iran.

Mohammad Ali Hassanzadeh, at the first meeting of the follow up committee for the implementation of chabahar agreement, stated that the trilateral meeting of Iran, India and Afghanistan at this level will be held with the aim of examining the specialized issues and achieving practical agreement on issues. With expert supervision, we can take advantage of the position of this port and the short sea distance over the common routes.

Facilitating the export of goods from India and Afghanistan to Central Asian countries indicates the importance of this region for investment.

He continued that Choosing a route for commodities; Planning for marketing; How to attract investment and showcasing the opportunities and capacities available at Chabahar port in the supply chain; Facilitate trade; the role of operators; Customs as well as product storage; and the exchange of information are some of the most important issues that will be discussed during the first meeting of the follow up committee for the implementation of chabahar agreement.

Operational Modalities of Chabahar Agreement

The operational modalities of the Chabahar agreement in 9 articles were signed by representatives of the three countries of the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Republic of India and the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.

On the first meeting of the follow up committee of Chabahar agreement, a study group was set to be formed to have revision on the overall cost of the Chabahar corridor, as opposed to competing corridors. One of the issues raised at the meeting, which all three countries reached to an agreement on, is the examination of customs and land transport issues. Finally, it was decided that the relevant working group will carry out the necessary studies on this issue.

Chabahar: A Proper Connection point for Iran, India, Afghanistan an South Eurasia

Deepak Mittal, Director of India Ministry of External Affairs, on the first meeting of the follow up committee for the implementation of chabahar agreement, stated that the trilateral agreement between Iran, India and Afghanistan in Chabahar is a historic and memorable event. The meeting of the follow up committee for the implementation of chabahar is being held to have the three countries of, Iran, India and Afghanistan, play a significant role in the transportation and logistics of the region.

By referring to the opening of the IPGL operator office in Chabahar, Mr. Deepak Mittal expressed hope that the operator will start its operational program in Iran soon. He concluded that Chabahar Port is the gateway of the nations and the most suitable point of connection between Iran, South Eurasia, India and Afghanistan.

Chabahar: Expansion of Business Opportunities

Seyed Yahya Akhlaghi, on the first meeting of the follow up committee for the implementation of chabahar agreement, stated that the practical action on Chabahar agreement, will not only be beneficial for the three countries of India, Afghanistan and Iran, but also has benefits for Central Asia and other countries in the region.

"The Chabahar port is oxygen for more economic activity in the region," he said. The Afghan government is trying to expand its foreign trade through various transit routes with the Chabahar port as a focal point.

Seyed Yahya Akhlaghi, Director General of Transport and Transit Office of Ministry of Commerce and Industries of Afghanistan emphasized that Chabahar port can increase the prosperity of Afghanistan as well as other neighboring countries and boost commercial opportunities.

The second meeting of the follow up committee for the implementation of chabahar agreement will be hosted by India in the first half of 2019. "Chabahar Day" ceremony will also be held on March 26, 2019in Chabahar Port.

Dec 25, 2018 11:49
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