India sends first shipment to Afghanistan via Chabahar: What makes the port strategically important

In a landmark move, India on Sunday sent its first consignment of wheat for Afghanistan to be shipped through the Chabahar port in Iran, thus operationalising the strategic transit route.

Through the Chabahar port in Iran, India is looking to open up new opportunities for trade and transit from and to Afghanistan and enhance trade and commerce between the three countries and the wider region.

The mega-investment project, located in south-eastern Iran in the Gulf of Oman, has an underlying strategic objective as it will give India a much-wanted access to the region’s resources while allowing it to bypass the land route via Pakistan – at present, Pakistan does not allow India to transport through its territory to Afghanistan.

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