How Chabahar Port Could Bring India And Its Partners A New Spring


Writing in his magisterial 11th century AD book, titled Kitab Tarikh Al-Hind (‘A History of India’), Al Biruni, the Persian scholar and polymath who travelled to India in 1017, stated that coastal India began from a town named ‘Tis’ (it was renamed from ‘Tiz’). Legend has it that Alexander the Great also crossed Tiz, a fishing village at the time, as his troops marched towards India in 326 BC.

Modern Chabahar, which houses Tis, came into being in the 1970s. It became strategically important when Tehran realised its value and in the 1980s, during the Iran-Iraq war, it was developed as a strategic-economic port. On Sunday, the first phase of the port project was inaugurated, which is expected to increase its capacity by over three times. On Saturday, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj had a luncheon meeting with the Iranian foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, as her plane had a refuelling stop on her way back from Sochi in Russia, where she attended the Heart of Asia meeting on Afghanistan’s future. Read More…

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