Dubai: Plans to develop the port of Chabahar in eastern Iran are developing. The port, which Afghanistan and India have both backed, is seen as an alternative to Gwadar in Pakistan some 70 km away for south Asian countries to transit goods to Europe overland.
Gwadar has been built with Chinese money and is now being operated by a Chinese company.
Landlocked Afghanistan has identified Chabahar as a more ideal maritime conduit for its goods and further details of the port’s development are likely to be revealed when Afghan president Hamid Karzai visits Tehran in the coming weeks. [02/01/14]