Sep 30, 2018, 4:36 PM
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US confesses to defeat in Afghanistan, sanctioning Chabahar

Tehran, Sept 30, IRNA -- The US Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of South and Central Asia Region Alice Wells announced that Trump administration is disappointed with restoring peace, Afghanistan's progress in interacting with Pakistan and continuing talks with Indian officials to boycott Chabahar port of Iran.

Wells said at a media meeting that despite the disappointment, the United States will examine the impact of Iran's sanctions against Tehran on Chabahar port and discuss the process of imposing sanctions against the port.

She said the review process was in progress and the US took the concern and interest in increasing exports to Afghanistan and increasing Afghanistan's exports to India very seriously.

According to regional experts, although the United States is seeking a full boycott of the Chabahar port, on the other hand, there has been a strong opposition from the governments of India and Afghanistan, and has so far failed to convince India to boycott Chabahar port.

In addition, earlier this month, the US Ambassador to Afghanistan John Bass, in an interview, said that Islamabad had agreed to transport Indian goods to Afghanistan through Pakistan, which was immediately denied by Islamabad.

Since Pakistan has not allowed transit of goods from South to North (India to Afghanistan) for many years and has only agreed to transit goods from North to South (Afghanistan to India), Pakistan's consent to continue the transit of goods can be effective on the sanctions on Chabahar port of Iran.

Also, India is not alone in fears of the US sanctions against Iran. If the project is canceled or delayed, the interests of Afghanistan may also be jeopardized. Chabahar port will give Afghanistan's access to free waters, and the country hopes to expand its foreign trade.

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