Afghan Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah says the operationalization of Chabahar port is an important step towards economic development of South and Central Asia and it will boost Afghanistan’s relationship with India and Iran.
Chabahar is a key and strategic port of Iran and it became operational with the maiden shipment of wheat from India to Afghanistan flagged off on Sunday by the foreign ministers of the three countries through video-conferencing.
“We welcome India’s cooperation, the initiative puts positive impact on relationships of Afghanistan, India and Iran,” Abdullah said.
The shipment is a part of commitment made by India to supply 1.1 million tonnes of wheat for the people of Afghanistan on grant basis, according to a statement of Indian External Affairs Ministry.
“I congratulate Afghanistan & Iran on Indian wheat shipment being flagged off from Kandla to Afghanistan through Chabahar,” Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in a Twitter post. “This development marks a new chapter in regional cooperation & connectivity.”
The Afghan Chamber of Commerce & Industries (ACCI), meanwhile, considered the port as a move towards regional cooperation. “Chabahar is an opportunity for us, we hope the port being developed further,” said Khan Jan Alokozai, the Deputy Chairman of ACCI.
India has been involved in number of major projects in Afghanistan and being an important partner for the country. It has spent over $3 billion for development of Afghanistan’s infrastructure sectors since the establishment of U.S. backed government in the country.