India, Afghanistan & Iran Holds First Trilateral Meeting of Coordination Council of Chabahar Agreement

First Trilateral Meeting between India, Afghanistan and Iran of the Coordination Council of the Chabahar Agreement

National Defencne Bureau,
23 October 2018

The first trilateral meeting between India, Afghanistan and Iran of the Coordination Council of the Chabahar Agreement took place on October 23, 2018 in Tehran. The Indian delegation was led by T.S. Tirumurti, Secretary (Economic Relations). The Afghan and Iran delegations were led by respective Deputy Ministers of Transport.

Detailed discussions were held between the three sides on full operationalisation of the trilateral Agreement for international transit and transport through Chabahar Port. All sides shared the view that full operationalisation of trilateral Chabahar initiative will promote connectivity and economic development of Afghanistan and the region.

It was decided to constitute a Follow-up committee that would hold its first meeting within two months in Chabahar Port, Iran. It would, inter alia, discuss and aim to finalise protocol to harmonise transit, roads, customs, consular matters that was shared by the Indian side at the meeting for making the route attractive, decrease logistic costs and pave the way for smooth implementation of the Trilateral Chabahar Agreement.

It was decided to hold the next meeting of the Coordination Council in the first half of 2019 in India.

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