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Indian External Affairs Ministers Holds Talks with Iranian Counterpart

Indian External Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar’s meeting with Iranian counterpart Mr. Hossein Amirabdollahian took a significant turn as discussions revolved around the strategic importance of the Chabahar port in bolstering India-Iran bilateral ties and fostering regional connectivity. The talks, part of ongoing high-level exchanges between the two nations, highlighted India’s commitment to the shared vision of enhancing connectivity through the Chabahar port project. During a joint press conference with Mr. Amirabdollahian, Dr. Jaishankar underscored the pivotal role of the Chabahar port in improving connectivity and deepening economic cooperation. “In particular, we discussed India’s involvement in the development and operation of the Chabahar port, a joint project with a joint vision of connectivity,” stated Dr. Jaishankar, emphasizing the strategic significance of the port as a key element in enhancing regional trade and cooperation.

The External Affairs Minister further emphasized India’s dedication to the Chabahar project and the need for a strong, sustainable, and long-term plan to ensure India’s sustained involvement over the coming years. He highlighted the importance of close oversight by political leadership, given the significance of the initiative for both countries. The Chabahar port, located in Iran’s Sistan-Balochistan province, holds immense strategic value in facilitating regional trade and connectivity, particularly for India’s engagement with Afghanistan.

Dr. Jaishankar’s two-day visit to Tehran focused not only on bilateral ties but also on the broader perspective of regional connectivity between Iran and India. The External Affairs Minister acknowledged the importance of fostering strong ties and sustainable plans for joint initiatives, aligning with the shared vision for economic and infrastructural development in the region. The ongoing high-level exchanges between India and Iran, coupled with the commitment to the Chabahar port project, signify a forward-looking approach to regional cooperation. As India continues to play an active role in the development of Chabahar and the International North-South Transport Corridor, the diplomatic engagement between Dr. Jaishankar and Mr. Amirabdollahian sets the stage for enhanced collaboration and economic growth in the region.

As the External Affairs Minister’s visit progresses, the international community observes with interest, recognizing the transformative potential of strengthened bilateral ties and collaborative projects on regional stability and global connectivity.