“India and Iran Sign a Decade-Long Pact for Chabahar Port Operations”

On Monday, India and Iran signed a pivotal contract, granting India operational control of the Chabahar Port for the next decade. This significant development underscores the strategic importance of the port and highlights a new era of cooperation between the two nations.

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Image Courtesy: Sarbananda Sonowal’s Page

A new chapter in regional connectivity has unfolded with the signing of this contract.

Indian Ports and Shipping Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, who touched down in Tehran on Monday, oversaw the signing of this significant agreement.

“Scripting a new chapter in bilateral partnership! Minister @shipmin_india @moayush @sarbanandsonwal witnessed the signing of the long-term contract for the operation of the Shahid Beheshti Port in Chabahar, between India Ports Global Ltd. & Ports and Maritime Organization of Iran,” tweeted Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Randhir Jaiswal.

Jaiswal highlighted that the contract will enhance regional connectivity and India’s linkages with Afghanistan, Central Asia, and Eurasia.

Sonowal, after attending the event, expressed his delight on X: “At Tehran, Iran today, I am thrilled to have been a part of the signing of the Long-Term Bilateral Contract on Chabahar Port Operations in the presence of HE Mehrdad Bazrpash, Iran’s Minister of Roads & Urban Development.”

“India will operate and develop Iran’s strategic Chabahar Port for the next decade, marking a historic milestone in our bilateral ties and regional connectivity,” he added.

According to Sonowal, the agreement not only fortifies the bond between India and Iran but also solidifies India’s position in the global supply chain and maritime sector.

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