India hosted the first meeting of the Joint Working Group

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India hosted the first meeting of the Joint Working Group

Chabahar Port: India and Central Asian countries reiterated at the first meeting of their Joint Working Group on Chabahar Port that connectivity steps must comply with global rules, transparency, local priorities, financial stability and respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity of all countries .

This was stated in the joint statement issued after the meeting held on April 12 and 13 in Mumbai hosted by India. The meeting took place amid growing global criticism of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). The statement said that the participants of the meeting said that the development of regional connectivity is necessary to increase trade and commerce between India and Central Asian countries.

To enhance connectivity to Afghanistan…

It mentions “these countries do not have land connectivity with India”, which is being indirectly linked to Pakistan’s reluctance to give India access to Afghanistan and beyond. India is pushing for the Chabahar port project to strengthen regional trade, especially connectivity to Afghanistan.

The representative of the United Nations World Food Program (UNWFP) made a presentation on the ongoing cooperation between India and UNWFP for wheat supply assistance in Afghanistan. According to the statement, the Consul General of Afghanistan emphasized the importance of Chabahar port in providing humanitarian aid for the Afghan people and economic opportunities for Afghan merchants.

Development of Chabahar Port India and…

India and Iran are jointly developing the Chabahar port located in Sistan-Balochistan province in the southern coastal region of Iran. The first meeting of the India-Central Asia Joint Working Group on Chabahar Port was chaired by Dammu Ravi, Secretary (Economic Relations) in the Ministry of External Affairs. The meeting was attended by deputy ministers and senior officials from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.

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