Official: Iran, India, Afghanistan to Ink Joint Agreement

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  1. Srinivas_K

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    Official: Iran, India, Afghanistan to Ink Joint Agreement
    TEHRAN (FNA)- A senior Afghan official announced that Tehran, Kabul and New Delhi are due to sign a joint agreement soon which will pave the way for Afghanistan to reach out to India through Chabahar port in Southern Iran.
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    The conclusion of the tripartite agreement will be very beneficial, Afghan Foreign Ministry Spokesman Shakib Mostaghni said in his weekly press conference.

    He also said that his country is trying to gain access to the Black Sea through Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan and Georgia.

    Iran’s Chabahar Port, located 72 kilometers (44 miles) West of Pakistan’s Gwadar port, holds immense strategic and economic significance for India.

    In relevant remarks in February, Indian Ambassador to Tehran Shri D.P. Srivastava underlined the fruitfulness of Chabahar port for India that is planning to set up a direct shipping route to the Iranian port in a bid to decrease freight prices and delivery time.

    During a meeting between Iranian Minister of Road and Urban Development Abbas Akhoundi and an Indian delegation of experts in Tehran, the envoy said an Indian private company is ready to establish a direct shipping link between Chabahar and Indian ports in order to bypass Dubai where Indian container ships have to cross to reach Iran.

    The Indian diplomat said the capital investment initially envisaged for the construction of a container terminal in Chabahar stands at $147mln.

    Srivastava described Chabahar as a strategic port facilitating access to Central Asian states.

    Also last month, Indian External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid reiterated the vital importance of Iran's port city of Chabahar for his country, saying the port is the most cost-effective route for New Delhi to reach the Central Asian markets.

    India's interest in the Iranian port is not only to get a direct access to Central Asia but also to facilitate import of minerals from Afghanistan, Khurshid said in the Afghan city of Kandahar..

    Commenting on the issue of a transit route with Afghanistan, the minister said, "Through this (route) Afghanistan gets direct access to India via Pakistan. It will be of enormous help to Afghanistan."

    Late in November, media reports said that India’s state-run Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust is sending a team to Iran to accelerate work on Chabahar Port with a view to facilitate New Delhi's access to Afghanistan and Central Asia.

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    What does this para mean? Isn't the route through the Iranian port?
     
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    I think article is some what confusing, India is also asking Pakistan for direct access to Afghanistan apart from Chahabar route , may be this is what the author wants to highlight.
     
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    yes the article is confusing , if india gets direct access to afghanistan then there is no role for iran in this matter .

    but for sure thats not an issue ......

    great news by the way . tnx bro @srinivas
     
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    pakistan should be taken out of equation they always play blackmailcard and no one knows who is incharge of pakistan anymore.

    recent iran soldiers kidnapping should be eye opener.
     
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    lets make it more clear :

    if the relations between iran and pakistan scored a 7 out of 10 before , it hardly is a 3-4 nowadays after the abduction incident !

    pakistan screwed its relations with iran ......
     
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    What score would an average Iranian give to relations with India ?
     
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    ubuntu Tihar Jail Banned

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    3-4 is a big one.they are just lap dogs of saudis
     
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    W.G.Ewald Defence Professionals/ DFI member of 2 Defence Professionals

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    Lap dog, lapdog, anyway you spell it it's the only word we know here on DFI.
     
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    You want me to be honest ?
    not more than 7 and not less than it either ! exactly 7 !

    we still have a lot to work on , our cooperation is limited if we just take a glimpse at our potential .

    the potential is a million times higher than the current level of cooperation . God willing it will rise to the desired level soon .
     
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