Representatives from India, Afghanistan and Iran met on Tuesday to discuss an operationalization agreement on Chabahar port, which will be finalized within the next two months.
The meeting was a first trilateral meeting of the coordination council for the Chabahar Agreement and was held in Tehran. According to a Hindustan Times report, “the Indian side presented the protocol to make the route attractive, decrease logistic costs and pave the way for smooth implementation of the Trilateral Chabahar Agreement.”
An external affairs ministry statement said, “Detailed discussions were held between the three sides on full operationalization of the trilateral agreement for international transit and transport through Chabahar port.”
The coordination council’s next meeting will be held in 2019 in India. T. S Tirumurti, Secretary, Economic Relations led the Indian delegation, as Mohammad Rastad Deputy Minister of Urban Development represented Iran.
During the meeting it was decided that a “follow-up committee” would hold a meeting in the next two months in Chabahar and “finalize the protocol to harmonise transit, roads, customs, consular matters that was shared by the Indian side.”
(ASIA PACIFIC DAILY)