Chabahar port, made by India, inaugurated in Iran
New Delhi : Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Sunday inaugurated the first phase of Chabahar port that has been made by India.
With this, a new strategic transit route to Afghanistan and Central Asia have opened for India through Iran, bypassing Pakistan.
India had been looking after the development of the Chabahar port as the Iranian government was focusing on its second phase.
Besides the bilateral pact to develop the Chabahar port, for which India will invest $500 million, a trilateral Agreement on Transport and Transit Corridor has also been signed by India, Afghanistan and Iran.
27 delegates from India, Afghanistan and other Asian countries attended the inaugural ceremony of the port.
The port, located on the coast of the Gulf of Oman in Iran's southeastern Sistan-Baluchestan province, has two docks.
Over a month ago, India sent the first consignment of wheat to Afghanistan through Chabahar Port, which Swaraj remarked as a gift from Indians to Afghans.