Jaishankar Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi Foreign Minister Chabahar Port

New Delhi: Foreign Minister S. Jaishankar said on Monday that thanks to the interest and initiative of Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi and Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, we have actually been able to conclude a long-term agreement on the crucial Chabahar port.

Raisi, Abdollahian and several other officials were found dead on Monday, a day after their helicopter crashed in northwestern Iran, the country’s media reported.

Replying to a question about the Chabahar port during an interaction at the Delhi Tamil Education Association-run school here, Jaishankar said: We have been trying for almost two decades now…to make a deal with Iran.

“We could have had a short-term agreement… the two people who unfortunately died yesterday in a helicopter crash, the President of Iran and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Iran, because of their interest and their initiative, we were actually able to finalize a long-term agreement that is very important because if you look today, one of the big things in the world is how do you create connectivity corridors,” Jaishankar said.

India signed a 10-year deal on May 13 to operate the Chabahar port on the Gulf of Oman, providing a gateway for Indian goods to landlocked Afghanistan and Central Asia.

The Chabahar port deal is something bigger than a port; it is part of a connectivity change that is being looked at, the foreign secretary said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has termed India’s signing of the contract for the operation of Iran’s strategic Chabahar port as a major milestone and said New Delhi will work towards providing connectivity to the landlocked region of Afghanistan and Central Asia to promote trade and commerce.

In an interview with PTI on Sunday in Bhubaneswar, Modi said India will work to promote regional connectivity, trade and commerce not only through Chabahar port but also through the International North-South Transport Corridor and also the India Economic Corridor -Middle East-Europe. .

Since coming to power in 2014, Modi said, his government has prioritized Chabahar port. In 2016, during my visit to Iran, the India-Iran-Afghanistan Trilateral Agreement was signed to provide much-needed connectivity to Afghanistan.

Earlier on Monday, EAM Jaishankar in a post on

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