New Delhi: In the face of fresh sanctions imposed by Washington on Tehran over its nuclear programme, India, Iran and Afghanistan discussed the full operationalisation of the Chabahar port that the three countries are jointly developing at the first trilateral meeting of the Coordination Council of the Chabahar Agreement held in the Iranian capital on Tuesday.
“Detailed discussions were held between the three sides on full operationalisation of the trilateral agreement for international transit and transport through Chabahar port,” the External Affairs Ministry said in a statement. “All sides shared the view that full operationalisation of trilateral Chabahar initiative will promote connectivity and economic development of Afghanistan and the region,” it stated. A decision was also taken to form a follow-up committee that would hold its first meeting within two months in Chabahar port.
The port project on the southeastern coast of Iran has come under jeopardy after the US imposed fresh sanctions on the West Asian nation over its nuclear programme that are set to come into effect on November 4. President Donald Trump has pulled the US out of the nuclear deal or the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) signed between Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council along with Germany and the European Union (EU), to end sanctions in return for Tehran stopping nuclear weapons development. (IANS)