Foreign Policy
Sun Jul 26, 2020 5:41
Indian Envoy: US Unable to Dictate Delhi Concerning Iran
TEHRAN (FNA)- Indian Ambassador to Tehran Gaddam Dharmendra noted the US pressures on his country over its role and partnership in the development of Iran's Chabahar port city, but said Delhi has warned Washington to avoid dictating its policies on India.

Dharmendra said India has informed the United States that it is not entitled to tell Delhi what to do with respect to Iran’s Southern port of Chabahar.

He named China as one the countries that provide Delhi with equipment for development of the port city.

Delhi has already tried to exempt Chabahar from US sanctions as the port city is of great importance for India because it set up a ground and marine link between India and Afghanistan and contravenes Pakistan’s ground route.

Last week Delhi announced that, despite problems posed by US sanctions, an Indian company has quadrupled its activities in Chabahar for the past 2 years.

In a relevant event it was announced on July 19 that Afghanistan would send its first shipment to Tianjin port of China through Chabahar in Southeast of Iran.

Managing Director of Sistan and Balouchestan Ports and Maritime Organization Behrouz Aqayee said the shipment has been dispatched via Chabahar to Mundra port in India and will be then transited to China.

While, the world is gripped by coronavirus epidemic, it was another record for Chabahar port, Aqayee added.

Afghanistan used to transit its commodities through Karachi in Pakistan to other countries; but now thanks to suitable infrastructures and services in Chabahar port, traders prefer to transport their goods through Chabahar.

Chabahar, Iran’s only oceanic port, is a strategic region on the Persian Gulf and Sea of Oman shores and in North-South Corridor.





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