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The Mullahs Cedes the Chahbahar Port of Iran to India

Under the Mullahs’ regime Iran from the Caspian sea to Persian Gulf has been torn into pieces, it is time for the nationalist people of Iran

Chabahar is an important port along Iran’s Makaran coast and offers Iran easy access to the Indian Ocean

Chabahar is an important port along Iran’s Makaran coast and offers Iran easy access to the Indian Ocean

to rise against this puppet of foreign powers and eradicate its roots before it is too late. [DID]

India has decided to invest in developing Chabahar port, which is considered strategically and economically important for the country’s exports to landlocked Afghanistan. It will be the first overseas venture by ports owned by the Indian government.
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India may induct a private firm into a planned joint venture between two Union government-owned ports to develop a port at Chabahar in Iran, three people briefed on the plan said.
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India and Iran will shortly sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for developing Chabahar port, they said.
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Chabahar is an important port along Iran’s Makaran coast and offers Iran easy access to the Indian Ocean. India has decided to invest some $100 million (around Rs.619 crore today) in developing Chabahar port, which is considered strategically and economically important for the country’s exports to landlocked Afghanistan. It will be the first overseas venture by ports owned by the Indian government.
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India has been eyeing Chabahar port for nearly a decade to get easier access to Afghanistan.
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The investment in Chabahar will be routed through a company in which Kandla and Jawaharlal Nehru ports would hold equity stakes. “We have taken an in-principle approval from the government to set up a special purpose company, which will be jointly owned by Kandla port and Jawaharlal Nehru port. An Indian private firm may also be inducted to develop Chabahar port,” a spokesman for the shipping ministry, one of the two persons mentioned earlier, said.
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JN port, India’s busiest container gateway, will develop container loading facilities and Kandla port, India’s biggest cargo handler by volume, will set up dry bulk handling facilities at Chabahar port.
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After several rounds of negotiations and site visits by India, Iran has forwarded a memorandum of understanding to India outlining the terms and conditions of the Chabahar project.
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“India has asked Iran to relax some of the MoU conditions, including facilitating the induction of a third party into the Kandla-JN port joint venture to develop Chabahar port,” the shipping ministry spokesman said. “We have sounded out a few Indian private firms in this regard.”
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“Once Iran agrees to the relaxations sought by India, the MoU will be signed,” he added.
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Spokespersons for Kandla and JN ports confirmed the development. Chabahar is closer to India than the Iranian port of Bandar Abbas, which is about 380 nautical miles away. Circumventing Pakistan, Chabahar port can serve as India’s entry point to Afghanistan, Central Asia and beyond. The port can be connected to the Zaranj-Delaram road in Afghanistan’s Nimroz province via Milak, built with Indian assistance.
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P. Manoj – Live Mint & THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
 
March 03, 2014
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India, Iran to discuss Chabahar port issue during Nauroz

NEW DELHI: India and Iran have agreed to take a decision on Chabahar port by March-end, during the meeting of External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid with his Iranian counterpart Javad Sharif there, official sources said.

Khurshid and Sharif today met and “Indian interest in Chabahar port figured prominently during the meeting between them and it was agreed that specific proposals on the port could be finalized by Nauroz holidays in Iran (in March-end),” they said.

The two sides also reviewed the entire expanse of the bilateral relationship and emphasized the strong political will in both countries to nurture bilateral relations.

“There was an understanding that huge opportunities exist to enhance the relationship. Connectivity was a major issue of discussion including the International North South Transport Corridor, which will enable reduction in travel time by 40 per cent for freight between India, Afghanistan, Central Asia and Russia via Iran,” official sources said.

Khurshid also held a separate meeting with Omani Foreign Minister Yusuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah and discussed prospects of a revival of shelved project of 1990s for constructing a deep sea pipe line between the two countries, they said here.

In the meeting with Omani Minister, prospects of the deep sea gas pipeline between India and Oman shelved in the 1990s as technology was not ripe, was revived…The issue figured in discussions with both countries following success of deep sea pipeline in the North Sea, they said.

Other issues that figured were usage of Iranian funds with India and Consular matters including the return of two Indian nationals -Mohammad Hussain Khan and Pandya Sanket, they said.

It was also agreed that, “joint consular committee can meet at an early date to address issues of a consular nature.

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India Post
February 28, 2014
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India, Iran discuss transport corridor, Chabahar port

New Delhi, March 01  India and Iran discussed the proposed international north-south transport corridor and the Chabahar port and emphasised that there was strong political will on both sides to nurture bilateral relations.01khurshid_with_zarif

Sources said External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid held discussions with visiting Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and reviewed the entire expanse of the bilateral relationship.

They said “connectivity” was a major issue of discussion and there was an understanding that huge opportunities exist to enhance the relationship.

They said India’s interest in Chabahar port in Iran figured prominently and it was agreed that specific proposals on the port could be finalised by the Nauroz holidays in Iran.

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Sarkaritel.com

March 01, 2014

Source: http://www.sarkaritel.com/india-iran-discuss-transport-corridor-chabahar-port/

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