Friday, 20 January 2017

India focused on Chabahar as Japan reiterates commitment to port project

BEIJING: Japan and India are finally moving to fructify their partnership for development of the Chabahar port in Iran with Tokyo committing investment to help improve Afghanistan's access to the port.

Afghanistan confirmed Japan's pledge to develop access for Chabahar after a visit last week by Japan's state minister for foreign affairs Kentaro Sonoura. India, Iran and Afghanistan signed a trilateral agreement last year in May for establishing transport and transit corridors for the strategically located port in Iran.

"This is significant as it reiterates Japan's interest in the Chabahar project and also its support to it," India's ambassador to Afghanistan Manpreet Vohra told TOI.

PM Narendra Modi and his counterpart Shinzo Abe last year discussed prospects for cooperation between India and Japan for promoting peace and prosperity in South Asia and neighbouring region through both bilateral and trilateral cooperation. Indian and Japanese officials are together working out details for development of infrastructure and connectivity for Chabahar.

Japan's interest in Chabahar is important for India as it can help New Delhi in ensuring timebound implementation of its commitment to develop the Iranian port, seen as a counterbalance to the China's Gwadar port barely 75 km away in Pakistan.


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