Chabahar, Gwadar seaports could operate as sister ports

Islamabad, Dec 6, IRNA -- The inauguration of the first phase of Chabahar port is a major development which will help in booming trade activities in the region besides working as a sister port of Pakistan’s Gwadar port.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has recently inaugurated the first phase of Shahid Beheshti Port in Chabahar which would open new avenues of cooperation among the regional countries.
The port, which is only 80 kilometers from the Iran-Pakistan border, could help in booming the trade activities in the region including Pakistan.
Pakistan also with the help of China is developing Gwadar deep sea port close to the Iranian border and both ports in coming days can become sister ports.
Pakistan’s Minister for Maritime Affairs Mir Hasil Khan Bizenjo attended the inauguration ceremony as a goodwill gesture. This also indicates that Pakistan does not consider Chabahar as rival port.
No doubt about that Chabahar and Gwadar could work as sister ports and their operational activity would serve as complementary to each other.
Talking to IRNA, Senator Syed Tahir Hussain Mashhadi also termed the inauguration of the first phase of Chabahar port as a positive development.
He added that every country has the right to develop ports keeping in view its economic interests.
“Though this port is very near to our Gwadar port, there is nothing to worry about it as Iran and Pakistan are two friendly countries,” he noted.
He said there would be healthy competition between the two ports as both have their own advantages.
Mehdi Honerdoost, the Iranian ambassador to Pakistan earlier had said that both are sister ports, and Chabahar port authorities would extend cooperation to Gwadar.
He also said that the Chabahar port agreement among Iran, India and Afghanistan is “not finished” and “not limited to these three countries.
Gwadar port is a major destination of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) to which Iran has already expressed its desire to join. There are also suggestions coming in to connect Chabahar and Gwadar ports through railway network.
Senior Pakistani political analyst and politician Mushahid Hussain Sayed has also said that Islamabad welcomes the launch of Chabahar port in neighbouring Iran.
Talking to IRNA, Chairman of Pakistan’s National Assembly Foreign Affairs Committee had said that Iranian port of Chabahar and Pakistani port of Gwadar are sister ports and they are not opposed to each other.
Makhdum Khusro Bakhtyar said Iran and Pakistan need to develop more linkages and inter connectivity between Chabahar and Gwadar corridors.
The region in which Iran and Pakistan are located has a huge economic potential and Gwadar port alone would not be able to meet the trade volume of the region in the near future, therefore, Chabahar would supplement Gwadar port.
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