At a time when the United States is using all its means to exert maximum pressure on Iran, it is expanding the scope of its Eurasian projects to counter American expansionism in the Middle East.
The first shipment of goods from Afghanistan left for India on Sunday, February 24.
The shipment, which includes 570 tonnes of Afghan-produced goods (200 tonnes of mung beans and 370 tonnes of talc), will cross Nimrôz province and pass through the Iranian port of Chabahar before reaching its final destination, India.
At a ceremony to celebrate the shipment of this first shipment, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said that the development of the port of Chabahar would enable Afghanistan to increase its exports to the value of $2 billion.
Currently, Afghan exports are just over $1 billion.
“We have to demonstrate to the world that Afghanistan is no longer the country it once was. Afghanistan, once known for administrative corruption and incompetence, has become an active hub in the region. In line with World Bank criteria, Afghanistan is at the top of the list of countries that have undergone reforms in their private sectors,” the Afghan President said.
At the same ceremony, the Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Iran in Kabul, Mohammad-Reza Bahrami, stated that the Shabahar transit project was the result of the strong commitment of the leaders of three countries as a model for regional cooperation.
Mr. Bahrami added that the capacity of the port of Chabahar had been developed in recent years thanks to Iran’s national income and India’s contribution. “New phases of the port will be commissioned in the coming years,” he said.
In May 2016, Iran, India and Afghanistan signed an agreement to develop the Iranian port of Chabahar as a platform on the Indian Ocean to increase their trade.
The Shabahar agreement provides for accelerating the transit of goods and reducing costs by reviving this international transit route.
It is a strategic agreement designed to strengthen the scope of Tehran’s Eurasian projects and counter American expansionism in the Middle East.
The port of Chabahar differs from other ports in the region in that it has the shortest distance between Asia and Europe and serves as a transhipment port, especially since it borders Afghanistan, giving it the advantage of being a transit point.