Tripartite Agreement of Chabahar among Afghanistan, India and Iran finalized and made ready for signature

New Delhi – In the second technical meeting among the representatives of Afghanistan, India an Iran, the text of tripartite agreement of Chabahar for establishment of international transit-transport corridor was finalized and made ready for the signature of high level authorities of these countries on April 11, 2016 in the Ministry of External Affairs of the Republic of India.

In this meeting, the representatives of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs; Commerce and Industry; Finance; Transport and Civil Aviation; Railway Authority and Afghan Embassy in Delhi were attended on behalf of Afghanistan. The Afghan delegation was headed by the Director General for Economic Cooperation Mr. Wahid Waissi.

Chabahar port is located in Sistan-Baluchistan province, southeast of the Islamic Republic of Iran; thus, utilizing this port could develop maritime trade among countries of the region. Also using Chabahar port will significantly reduce the cost of transporting commercial goods in the region as well as connect South Asia with Central Asia, the Gulf and Central Asia and the Caucasus.

The participants also discussed and exchanged views on issues which were not finalized in the first technical meeting of Chabahar in 2015 in Tehran, and after finalization of the agreement, the three-side agreed to establish a sub-committee within the framework of this agreement in order to provide transit, port, custom and consular protocols within six months.

In conclusion, the negotiating delegation of the three countries finalized the text of Chabahar agreement. Giving the strategic importance of this agreement, they agreed that their competent authorities will try to prepare this agreement for the signature of the high level authorities of these three countries in the next two months.