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India Urges Afghanistan to Increase Trade Through Chabahar Port

© AFP 2023 ATTA KENAREIranian workers transfer goods from a cargo container to trucks at the Kalantari port in city of Chabahar on May 12, 2015.
Iranian workers transfer goods from a cargo container to trucks at the Kalantari port in city of Chabahar on May 12, 2015. - Sputnik India, 1920, 16.06.2024
The strategically-located Chabahar Port is meant to bolster connectivity between India and Afghanistan as well as Central Asia, as it bypasses the land route through Pakistan. India has been using the port to transport humanitarian aid to Afghanistan.
State-backed India Ports Global Limited (IPGL), operator of Chabahar Port, has called on Afghan businesses and traders to increase imports and exports through the Iranian port, a statement from the Taliban*-controlled Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Investment (ACCI) said on Saturday.
Muhammad Anwar Arifi, the Deputy CEO of ACCI held an online meeting with a team from India Ports Global Limited to discuss the commercial advantages of Chabahar port if it were used for trade and transit between the countries of the region.
The meeting was also attended by Afghan businesses and traders.

During the discussion, a technical team from IPGL gave a presentation underscoring the strategic importance of the Gulf of Oman port for the participants, the ACCI statement noted.

Further, the Indian team called on the Afghan chamber to "encourage" the use of port as it sought cooperation from ACCI in promoting the use of the Iranian port.
Arifi described Chabahar as an important port for trade and transit for Afghanistan and Central Asian nations.
Further, he urged the Indian company to remove obstacles in the use of the port for Afghan traders as well as called for more facilities at the port.
Last month, IPGL and Iran's Ports and Maritime Organisation (PMO) signed a 10-year contract with a renewable clause for the development of Chabahar Port.
Under the pact, the Indian company would equip and operationalise the Shahid Beheshti Terminal of Chabahar Port, which New Delhi acquired from Iran in 2016.
*under UN sanctions for terror activities
A truck transporting cargo from Afghanistan to be exported to India is seen at Shahid Beheshti Port in the southeastern Iranian coastal city of Chabahar, on the Gulf of Oman, on February 25, 2019. (Photo by ATTA KENARE / AFP) - Sputnik India, 1920, 13.05.2024
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