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Afghanistan eager for Chabahar port deal: Envoy
A cargo ship docks at Chabahar Port in southeast Iran. (File photo)
A cargo ship docks at Chabahar Port in southeast Iran. (File photo)
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Afghan Ambassador to New Delhi says his government is eager to sign an agreement with Iran and India for the transit of commodities to Afghanistan.


Shaida Mohammad Abdali has underlined the importance of Iran’s southeastern Chabahar Free Trade Zone in this regard.

Speaking to the Press Club of India on Sunday, Abdali said his country is keen to ink a trilateral transit agreement with Iran and India on Chabahar port that is meant to provide a route for trade with landlocked Afghanistan, India’s private news agency Indo-Asian News Service (IANS) reported.

Indian Ambassador to Kabul Amar Sinha had earlier stressed the significance of Chabahar port for the transportation of Indian goods to Afghanistan.

On July 17, Sinha said his country is not willing to use Pakistani territory for transit, stressing that Chabahar is the best option for that purpose.

Chabahar port -- located 72 kilometers (44 miles) west of Pakistan's Gwadar port -- holds immense strategic and economic significanc for India.

The port is already connected to the city of Zaranj in Afghanistan's southwestern province of Nimruz and can serve as India's entry point to Afghanistan, Central Asia and beyond.

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