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News > Signing the Tripartite Chabahar Agreement: A Giant Step towards Expansion of Regional Connectivity

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A Historic Day for Iran, India and Afghanistan

Signing the Tripartite Chabahar Agreement: A Giant Step towards Expansion of Regional Connectivity

The Trilateral Agreement to develop the strategic port of Chabahar was signed on 23rd May 2016 by H. E. Hassan Rouhani, the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran, H. E. Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, the President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, and H. E. Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of the Republic of India.

Dr. Rouhani, the President of the I. R. Iran, after signing this landmark pact said, “I would like to welcome Mr. Narendra Modi, Indian Prime Minister and President Ashraf Ghani of Afghanistan. Today is a historic day with regard to the development of three countries’ relations. This is a message, conveyed to the region and the world, by Tehran, New Delhi, and Kabul, that the countries of the region can make progress through collective collaboration and also benefiting from regional opportunities; the symbol of such cooperation is the port city of Chabahar, which is spring time for all three countries.”

“With joint investments in Chabahar, we can connect India, through a reliable route, to Afghanistan and Central Asian countries and the Caucasus. With the documents and agreements signed today, the businessmen and entrepreneurs of Iran and other countries in the region can rely on a new international corridor,” Dr. Rouhani added.

“Today’s documents are not merely economic, but political and regional in nature, with the message that the countries of the region need to use opportunities provided by the region to develop regional cooperation. There is room for other countries to join this trilateral agreement and act upon the agreements in the near future.”

 “The agreement signed today will not seek to act against any other countries, but it will seek to bring about the peace and prosperity for all countries in the region. In a session before signing the deal, all three leaders agreed to give the mission to one of his ministers, and all three ministers of transportation and city planning will join the committee which will regularly meet supervise over the implementation progress and provide reports to the relevant governments; today is May 23, which is a historic day for Iranians [Liberation of Khorramshahr], and it would be also a historic day for Chabahar, and the cooperation day of three countries. Again, I express my gratitude for Mr. Modi and Mr. Ashraf Ghani for their attendance in the session,” the President of the Islamic republic of Iran concluded.

Mr. Modi, the Prime Minister of India also said Tehran, New Delhi and Kabul would proceed with their cordial relations, adding, “the three sides are creating history not just for their nations but for all people in the region”.

Mr. Modi added, “India attaches importance to economic participation and seeks new and secure ways to bolster cooperation with Iran and Afghanistan in this regard”.

Pointing to deep-rooted relations between Tehran and New Delhi in different sectors, Modi said, “His current trip to the Islamic Republic would open a new chapter in bilateral ties”.

He added the transit deal can establish a new way for enhanced economic cooperation in the region.

For his part, Mr. Ghani, the Afghan president, reaffirmed his country’s commitment to the trilateral transit deal and said, “Asia is turning into a big economic hub and cooperation among countries in the region plays a key role in improving regional nations’ welfare”.


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