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The prospects of Chabahar took a hit after US President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew from the nuclear deal with Iran in 2018 and re-imposed crippling sanctions as part of a “maximum pressure” campaign. (Photo: chabaharport.pmo.ir/en)

India, Iran, Uzbekistan hold first meeting on joint use of Chabahar port

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON DEC 14, 2020 09:28 PM IST
All the countries welcomed India’s proposal to hold a “Chabahar Day” on the margins of the International Maritime Summit to be hosted by New Delhi in January next year.
A speed boat passes by oil docks at the port of Kalantari in the city of Chabahar, east of the Strait of Hormuz in this January 17, 2012 file photo.(Reuters File Photo)
A speed boat passes by oil docks at the port of Kalantari in the city of Chabahar, east of the Strait of Hormuz in this January 17, 2012 file photo.(Reuters File Photo)

Iran hopeful of big boost to Chabahar project

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Rezaul H Laskar
UPDATED ON FEB 15, 2020 03:53 AM IST
India’s allocation of Rs 100 crore for the strategic port on the Gulf of Oman in south-eastern Iran in the budget for fiscal 2020-21 and greater clarity on the US waiver for Chabahar from sanctions imposed on Iran have heightened expectations in Tehran that work on the project will now pick up pace, said the people who declined to be named.
A warships sails in the Sea of Oman.(Reuters)
A warships sails in the Sea of Oman.(Reuters)

Chabahar port plan gets big boost as govt hikes outlay

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Rezaul H Laskar
PUBLISHED ON FEB 04, 2020 12:16 AM IST
The budget for the external affairs ministry, unveiled on Saturday, shows the allocation for the port on the Gulf of Oman in southeastern Iran has gone up from Rs 45 crore in fiscal 2019-20 to Rs 100 crore in fiscal 2020-21.
Chabahar port is being seen as a gateway for trade by India, Iran and Afghanistan with Central Asian countries. (File photo)
Chabahar port is being seen as a gateway for trade by India, Iran and Afghanistan with Central Asian countries. (File photo)

India, Iran discuss full operationalisation of Chabahar agreement

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON SEP 16, 2019 10:08 PM IST
India, Iran and Afghanistan signed the trilateral transit agreement or the Chabahar agreement in May 2016. India took over operations at the Shahid Beheshti terminal at Chabahar port in December last year through the special purpose vehicle India Ports Global.
The Iranian side has expressed its frustration at the imbroglio, with petroleum minister Bijan Zangeneh saying Tehran was considering the development of the field by an Iranian contractor
The Iranian side has expressed its frustration at the imbroglio, with petroleum minister Bijan Zangeneh saying Tehran was considering the development of the field by an Iranian contractor

India unlikely to resume Iran oil import, may talk losses with US

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Rajeev Jayaswal and Rezaul H Laskar
UPDATED ON JUN 13, 2019 06:11 AM IST
New Delhi is expected to raise the economic losses due to US sanctions when secretary of state Mike Pompeo visits India on June 24, the officials said.
To reduce Iran’s crude oil export to zero, the US ended on May 2 waivers that had allowed the top buyers of Iranian oil, including India, to continue their imports for six months.(Bloomberg)
To reduce Iran’s crude oil export to zero, the US ended on May 2 waivers that had allowed the top buyers of Iranian oil, including India, to continue their imports for six months.(Bloomberg)

‘India stopped purchasing Iranian oil after US waivers expired’: Envoy

Washington | By Press Trust of India
PUBLISHED ON MAY 24, 2019 03:46 PM IST
The US reimposed sanctions on Iran in November after pulling out of a 2015 nuclear accord between Tehran and six world powers
Astana continues to be hopeful of building closer trade and transit ties with New Delhi through Iran’s Bandar Abbas port and even extending connectivity to the strategic Chabahar port once a new railway link is built.(REUTERS)
Astana continues to be hopeful of building closer trade and transit ties with New Delhi through Iran’s Bandar Abbas port and even extending connectivity to the strategic Chabahar port once a new railway link is built.(REUTERS)

US sanctions hit India-Kazakhstan plans to expand connectivity

Astana (Kazakhstan) | By Rezaul H Laskar
UPDATED ON MAY 21, 2019 01:58 PM IST
Despite the hiccup, Astana continues to be hopeful of building closer trade and transit ties with New Delhi through Iran’s Bandar Abbas port and even extending connectivity to the strategic Chabahar port once a new railway link is built.
The consignment will head to Chabahar from Zaranj city in Afghanistan’s Nimroz province. The 570 tonnes of cargo includes Afghan carpets, dry fruits, cotton, talc, stones and other items.(REUTERS File Photo)
The consignment will head to Chabahar from Zaranj city in Afghanistan’s Nimroz province. The 570 tonnes of cargo includes Afghan carpets, dry fruits, cotton, talc, stones and other items.(REUTERS File Photo)

President Ashraf Ghani flags off first consignment from Afghanistan to India via Chabahar

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON FEB 25, 2019 10:12 AM IST
Ghani flagged off the convoy of trucks at a ceremony in Zaranj that was attended by the ambassadors of India, Iran and Turkey and diplomats of Indonesia and Kazakhstan, officials said.
India has opened a line of credit for the railway link, about 100km of which will be done by March.(REUTERS FILE PHOTO)
India has opened a line of credit for the railway link, about 100km of which will be done by March.(REUTERS FILE PHOTO)

Iran to build gas pipeline, rail link to boost Chabahar port infrastructure: Officials

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Rezaul H Laskar
UPDATED ON JAN 29, 2019 03:37 PM IST
India has opened a line of credit for the railway link, about 100km of which will be done by March.
India hopes to soon start full operations at a portion of Iran’s port of Chabahar as the two countries are close to resolving various disputes including financing, the country’s roads minister said on Tuesday.(HT Photo)
India hopes to soon start full operations at a portion of Iran’s port of Chabahar as the two countries are close to resolving various disputes including financing, the country’s roads minister said on Tuesday.(HT Photo)

‘India hopes to start full operations soon at Iran’s Chabahar port,’ says Nitin Gadkari

New Delhi | By Reuters
UPDATED ON JAN 08, 2019 07:38 PM IST
The India-backed Chabahar port complex on Iran’s coast along the Gulf of Oman is being developed as a transportation corridor for land-locked Afghanistan.
The Chabahar port will reduce Afghanistan’s dependence on Karachi port and, hence, will translate to less Pakistani leverage over Kabul.(AFP)
The Chabahar port will reduce Afghanistan’s dependence on Karachi port and, hence, will translate to less Pakistani leverage over Kabul.(AFP)

Why Chabahar port is a win-win for India

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON DEC 26, 2018 10:05 AM IST
It will reduce Afghanistan’s dependence on Karachi port and, hence, will translate to less Pakistani leverage over Kabul
A general view of an oil dock is seen from a ship at the port of Kalantari in the city of Chabahar.(Reuters File Photo)
A general view of an oil dock is seen from a ship at the port of Kalantari in the city of Chabahar.(Reuters File Photo)

US exempts India from sanctions at Chabahar port in Iran

Hindustan Times, Washington | By Yashwant Raj
UPDATED ON NOV 07, 2018 12:31 PM IST
The exemptions were linked to the reconstruction effort in Afghanistan, to which India has been a key contributor.
A general view of an oil dock is seen from a ship at the port of Kalantari in the city of Chabahar.(Reuters)
A general view of an oil dock is seen from a ship at the port of Kalantari in the city of Chabahar.(Reuters)

Trilateral meet to discuss Chabahar port’s operationalisation

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON OCT 24, 2018 12:05 AM IST
A statement from the external affairs ministry, “Detailed discussions were held between the three sides on full operationalisation of the trilateral agreement for international transit and transport through Chabahar port.”
Iran is expected to hand over control of a part of Chabahar to India within a few weeks, following the resolution of certain technical issues, and the port is already playing a key role in India’s efforts to access Afghanistan by bypassing Pakistan.(Reuters)
Iran is expected to hand over control of a part of Chabahar to India within a few weeks, following the resolution of certain technical issues, and the port is already playing a key role in India’s efforts to access Afghanistan by bypassing Pakistan.(Reuters)

India is aiming for the long haul in Afghanistan

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON SEP 12, 2018 06:35 PM IST
New Delhi has also overturned its policy of not supplying lethal military equipment to Kabul and has provided or underwritten deals for providing gunship helicopters. Clearly, India is in for the long haul in Afghanistan, as it needs to be, to keep an eye on and counter the machinations of a certain neighbour that eyes the war-torn nation as key to its flawed “strategic depth” policy.
A general view of an oil dock is seen from a ship at the port of Kalantari in the city of Chabahar, 300km (186 miles) east of the Strait of Hormuz.(Reuters File Photo)
A general view of an oil dock is seen from a ship at the port of Kalantari in the city of Chabahar, 300km (186 miles) east of the Strait of Hormuz.(Reuters File Photo)

Iran to handover Chabahar port to Indian company in a month, says minister

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON SEP 07, 2018 07:46 AM IST
The first phase of the Chabahar port was inaugurated in December 2017 by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, opening a new strategic route connecting Iran, India and Afghanistan bypassing Pakistan.
A general view of an oil dock is seen from a ship at the port of Kalantari in the city of Chabahar in Iran.(Reuters Photo)
A general view of an oil dock is seen from a ship at the port of Kalantari in the city of Chabahar in Iran.(Reuters Photo)

India seeks leniency in US sanctions on Iran, cities oil imports, Chabahar port venture

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Jayanth Jacob
UPDATED ON JUL 18, 2018 07:10 AM IST
The US is re-imposing sanctions on Iran after the Trump administration decided to walk out of the Iran nuclear deal of 2015. 
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, center, speaks during the inauguration a newly built extension of the port of Chabahar, near the Pakistani border, on the Gulf of Oman, southeastern Iran.(AP File Photo)
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, center, speaks during the inauguration a newly built extension of the port of Chabahar, near the Pakistani border, on the Gulf of Oman, southeastern Iran.(AP File Photo)

India hopes to open Iran’s Chabahar port by 2019

Reuters, New Delhi | By Reuters
UPDATED ON JUN 22, 2018 01:40 PM IST
The Indian-backed Chabahar port complex in Iran is being developed as part of a new transportation corridor for land-locked Afghanistan
Chabahar port located in the Sistan-Baluchistan Province of Iran on the south-eastern coast is of great strategic importance to India.(Reuters)
Chabahar port located in the Sistan-Baluchistan Province of Iran on the south-eastern coast is of great strategic importance to India.(Reuters)

Interim operations in Chabahar port in Iran to start by next week

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Moushumi Das Gupta
UPDATED ON JUN 08, 2018 07:13 AM IST
India has selected an Iranian company, Kaveh Port and Mar ine Services, for running the operations for 18 months till it selects a firm to manage and maintain the facility for long term.
A handout picture provided by the office of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on December 3, 2017 shows him inaugurating the first phase of Chabahar Port.(AFP File Photo)
A handout picture provided by the office of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on December 3, 2017 shows him inaugurating the first phase of Chabahar Port.(AFP File Photo)

Iran’s Chabahar port work on but fear of US sanctions loom

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Moushumi Das Gupta and Jayanth Jacob
UPDATED ON MAY 10, 2018 11:57 PM IST
Chabahar opens a transit route to Iran and Afghanistan that will also give India access to markets in Central Asia.
Indian Oil Corporation chairman Sanjiv Singh during the press conference in Chennai on Thursday.(PTI)
Indian Oil Corporation chairman Sanjiv Singh during the press conference in Chennai on Thursday.(PTI)

Freeze on fuel prices coincidental, not linked to Karnataka elections, says IOC chief

Press Trust of India, Chennai | By Press Trust of India
PUBLISHED ON MAY 10, 2018 10:44 PM IST
Before prices were stabilised, there were daily spikes varying from 25 paise to 35 paise, resulting in change in fuel prices by Rs 2 or Rs 3 every 15 days, IOC chairman Sanjiv Singh said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Iran President Hassan Rouhani, Hyderabad House, New Delhi, February 17, 2018(Vipin Kumar/HT)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Iran President Hassan Rouhani, Hyderabad House, New Delhi, February 17, 2018(Vipin Kumar/HT)

India must reject Trump’s Iran policy with the contempt it deserves

By Brahma Chellaney
UPDATED ON APR 26, 2018 03:48 PM IST
India’s biggest Chabahar-related challenge comes from US President Donald Trump’s policy to squeeze Iran
A general view of an oil dock from a ship at the port of Kalantari in the city of Chabahar in the Sistan-Balochistan province.(Reuters File Photo)
A general view of an oil dock from a ship at the port of Kalantari in the city of Chabahar in the Sistan-Balochistan province.(Reuters File Photo)

Iran’s Chabahar and Pakistan’s Gwadar are sister ports, says Islamabad

Press Trust of India, Islamabad | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAR 16, 2018 05:20 PM IST
Pakistan said it will continue to work with Iran for deepening connectivity between the two ports to promote trade, transit and connectivity.
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