Jan 19, 2018, 8:26 AM
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Iranian official: Chabahar Port a game changer in region

New Delhi, Jan 19, IRNA - A senior Iranian politician highlighted the prominent role of Iran's Chabahar port in promoting connectivity in the Asian continent and said the project is a game changer in the region.

Head of the Iranian Foreign Ministry Center for Political and International Studies Seyyed Mohammad Kazem Sajadpur made the remarks here on Thursday while addressing the third annual international forum of 'Raisina Dialogue' which was held with participation of a number of prominent political figures from across the world.
Focusing on Chabahar as a good example of connectivity projects, he said that before becoming operational, it was a clear concept between Iran, India and Afghanistan.
He said from the very beginning the aim of the project which is connectivity was well defined.
He went on to stress, ' Chabahar port creates a space for India. It allows India and Afghanistan to connect with North-South corridor and it ensures security and stability of Afghanistan thus Chabahar project is a success. Chabahar project is a game changer. This connectivity project reduces India’s cost and time up to 60 percent.'
Pointing to commonality of the project, Sajjadpour said, 'It is a project which is between Iran, India and Afghanistan but is not against the interest of the others. Chabahar is an example of real connectivity in the region and it’s a win-win situation for all the countries.'
The Iranian politician further stressed, 'Afghanistan has been the victim of political competitions. The economic development of Afghanistan is important for the stability of whole region. We have to work on bilateral, trilateral and multilateral bases beyond political fluctuations of the world. For example relations of India and Iran should not be influenced by the political fluctuation of other countries and India and Iran should focus on their interests.'
The Raisina Dialogue is a multilateral conference committed to addressing the most challenging issues facing the global community. Every year, global leaders in policy, business, media and civil society are hosted in New Delhi to discuss cooperation on a wide range of pertinent international policy matters.