India-Iran discuss Shahid Beheshti Terminal, Chabahar Port, and Afghanistan
On Wednesday External Affairs Minister Dr. S Jaishankar held talks with Iranian counterpart Dr. Hossein Amir-Abdollahian who is on his visit to India. They both reviewed bilateral ties including trade, connectivity, health, and people-to-people connections.
During the delegation-level talks, the two Foreign Ministers also discussed the bilateral relations while stating that bilateral relations between both the countries are marked by strong linkages across institutions, culture, and people-to-people ties.
India and Iran discussed the progress made at Iran’s Shahid Beheshti Terminal, Chabahar Port, and its connectivity in the region.
A statement from a press release of the Ministry of External Affairs read, “The sides agreed that the Chabahar Port has provided much-needed sea access to landlocked Afghanistan and has also emerged as a commercial transit hub for the region, including for Central Asia.”
Reaffirming their commitment to continue to cooperate on the development of Chabahar Port, the ministry said that the teams from both countries will be meeting soon to address operational aspects of the Chabahar Port in the middle east country.
Jaishankar tweeted, “Wide ranging discussion with FM Amir-Abdolahian of Iran. Reviewed our bilateral cooperation, including in trade, connectivity, health and people to people ties. Exchanged views on global and regional issues including JCPOA, Afghanistan and Ukraine.”
Wide ranging discussion with FM @Amirabdolahian of Iran.
Reviewed our bilateral cooperation, including in trade, connectivity, health and people to people ties.
Exchanged views on global and regional regional issues including JCPOA, Afghanistan and Ukraine. pic.twitter.com/eADoLWkyiE
— Dr. S. Jaishankar (@DrSJaishankar) June 8, 2022
According to the Ministry of External Affairs, EAM lauded the role of Iran in facilitating India’s medical assistance to Afghanistan, including the supply of COVID-19 vaccines to Afghan nationals residing in Iran. Speaking on Afghanistan, India and Iran reaffirmed the significance of providing immediate humanitarian assistance to the people of Afghanistan and reiterated the need for a representative and inclusive political system in support of a peaceful, secure and stable Afghanistan.
PM Modi also met the Iranian Minister in New Delhi and said that the relations between India and Iran have mutually benefited both the countries and promoted regional security and prosperity. Hossein also held a meeting with the National Security Advisor, Ajit Doval, the ministry of external affairs said in a statement.
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