In order to promote trade and commerce in the region, Iran has said that it is ready to connect that Gwadar Port in Pakistan with the Chabahar Port in Iran.
The Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif has put forward the proposal. Earlier he met that civil-military leadership of Pakistan in Islamabad.
Zarif said, “I’ve come here with a proposal for the government of Pakistan for connection between Chabahar and Gwadar. We believe that Chabahar and Gwadar can complement each other.”
Adding, “We can connect Chabahar and Gwadar, and then through that connect Gwadar to our entire railroad system, from Iran to the North Corridor, through Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan, and also through Azerbaijan, Russia, and through Turkey.”
A trilateral transit agreement was signed in Tehran between Iran, India, and Afghanistan. It was signed in May 2016 and it allows all the three countries to start new routes by converting the Chabahar port into a transit hub.
The Chabahar port is just 100 kilometers from the Pakistan border. It is located on the Indian Ocean, being the largest Iran port outside the Gulf.
Chabahar Port is the only Iranian Port that is exempted from the economic sanctions that the US imposed in 2018.