11:31 / 16.12.2021

Uzbekistan plans to gain access to Iranian Chabahar port

The transit corridor will provide Uzbekistan with access to the sea bypassing Afghanistan.

Photo: Tehran Media

Uzbekistan intends to join an agreement on the joint use of the Iranian Chabahar port, Spot reports referring to the Mehr News agency.

Representatives from India, Iran and Uzbekistan held video talks on Tuesday. It is noted that Tashkent has already shown interest in the initiative to develop transit through a port in southern Iran.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran welcomes the intention of the government of Uzbekistan to use the possibilities of the Chabahar port and plans to develop trade through the Shahid-Beheshti terminal,” the head of the Iranian port organization Ali Akbar Safai said.

The Iranian side expects an increase in activity in Chabahar due to cooperation with India and the countries of Central Asia. Afghanistan is already participating in the agreement.

Indian Deputy Minister for Ports and Maritime Transport Sanjiv Ranjan called for the creation of a transit corridor to the port for Uzbekistan and neighboring countries. Chabahar will ensure stable transportation of goods between India and the Central Asian region, he stressed.

Representative of the Transport Ministry of Uzbekistan Abdusamad Muminov noted a significant increase in Uzbek-Indian trade over the year, as well as the role of the Chabahar port in the development of regional ties.

In the near future, the Uzbek delegation will visit Chabahar, Muminov added.