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India plans shipping Afghan goods via Iran

India plans shipping Afghan goods via Iran

Mar 24, 2013 - 14:20

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): India and Iran are set to ink a transit agreement on transporting goods to landlocked Afghanistaninfo-icon, a newspaper reported on Sunday.

The government in New Delhi also moved a cabinet note on investing more than id="mce_marker"00 million in the expansion of the Chabahar port in southeastern Iran. The port will serve as a hub for the transportation of transit goods.

According to The Indian Express, China’s decision to take over the Gwadar port in southwestern Pakistaninfo-icon has lent urgency to project. Located along the same coast, the ports are just over 70 km apart.

Earlier in the month, Iran and Pakistan launched their gas pipeline project in defiance of US pressure -- a move that has prompted Delhi to pursue joint ventures Tehran.

The newspaper quoted unnamed sources as saying it would be in India's interest to utilise the port's potential to dispatch merchandise to Afghanistan, bypassing Pakistan.

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