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Iran, India, Afghanistan sign strategic Chabahar Agreement (UPDATE)

Business Materials 23 May 2016 17:21
Iran, India and Afghanistan have signed an agreement on establishment of an international transport and transit corridor from Iran's south-eastern port of Chabahar.

Baku, Azerbaijan, May 23

By Fatih Karimov - Trend:

Iran, India and Afghanistan have signed an agreement on establishment of an international transport and transit corridor from Iran's south-eastern port of Chabahar.

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi signed the trilateral accord, dubbed the Chabahar Agreement, in Tehran, May 23, Iran's state-run IRINN TV reported.

Both Ghani and Modi are today on a visit in Iran.

On the sidelines of the signing ceremony, Iranian president said that Chabahar port will connect India to Afghanistan, Central Asian states as well as Eastern Europe.

He further said that the regional countries should use all available opportunities to expand relations.

Rouhani underlined that the joint activities between Iran, Afghanistan and India will be beneficial to the whole region and will contribute positively to the peace and stability, adding that other countries can also join the trilateral agreement of cooperation as well in the new future.

He also said that Iran's Urban Development and Road minister, Abbas Akhoundi and counterparts from India and Afghanistan will meet regularly to review the progress made in the project.

The Indian prime minister, for his part, said that the signed deal could alter the course of history in the region.

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