India, Afghanistan and Iran Hold First Follow-up Committee Meeting for Operationalization of Chabahar Agreement

Foreign Affairs

New Delhi. The first meeting of the Follow-up Committee for implementation of the trilateral Chabahar Agreement among India, Afghanistan and Iran at the level of Joint Secretary/ Director General was held at the port city of Chabahar in Iran on December 24.

On the occasion, India Ports Global Limited company opened its office and took over operations at the Shaheed Behesti port at Chabahar.

Positive and constructive discussions were held between the three sides on full operationalisation of the Trilateral Transit Agreement for international transit & transport through the Chabahar Port. They agreed on the routes for the trade and transit corridors between the three countries.

It was agreed to finalise at the earliest the Protocol to harmonize transit, roads, customs, and consular matters. It was agreed to allow cargo movement at Chabahar using TIR Convention provisions.

It was decided to hold an event to promote and popularize the potential of Chabahar on February 26, 2019. Also, a study would be initiated for determining measures to make the route attractive, decrease logistic costs and pave the way for smooth operationalisation of the Chabahar Agreement.

The next Follow-up Committee meeting, followed by the 2nd Coordination Council Meeting the level of Secretaries/ Deputy Ministers, would be held in India in 2019.