IP - The development of the Chabahar port as a "golden gateway" connecting the countries in the Indian Ocean region to Central Asia is a significant example of India-Iran engagement, Iranian ambassador Iraj Elahi has said.

Iran PressAsia: The envoy said cooperation between the two countries in the implementation of the ambitious International North-South Transport Corridor (INSTC) is also an important example of the growing bilateral ties, Times of India reported.


In an address at an event marking the 45th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution of Iran's victory, Elahi said the "cordial meeting" between Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the sidelines of the BRICS summit in Johannesburg in August last paved the way for a "new phase" in the "good cooperation" between the two nations.

"The cooperation of the two countries in the development of Chabahar port, as the golden gateway connecting the countries along the Indian Ocean to Central Asia and the Caucasus, and the cooperation in the INSTC are important examples of the growing cooperation," he said.

Located in Sistan-Balochistan province on the energy-rich Iran's southern coast, the Chabahar port is being developed by India and Iran to boost connectivity and trade ties.

India has been pushing for the Chabahar port project to boost regional trade, especially for its connectivity to Afghanistan. India and Iran have projected the port as a key hub for the INSTC project.

The INSTC is a 7,200-km-long multi-mode transport project for moving freight among India, Iran, Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Russia, Central Asia and Europe.


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