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Trilateral meeting to codify Chabahar annexation protocols to be held

The Ministry of Transport has announced about the holding of the trilateral meeting of the coordinating council for codifying of annexation protocols of the Chabahar.
The ministry said that the protocols of the integration of the Chabahar agreement was approved by the parliaments of India, Afghanistan and Iran, and the Coordinating Council soon will hold this meeting at the level of deputies of these three countries.
Fawzia Ehsani, the Deputy of the Ministry of Transport at the transit exhibition told to the media that Chabahar port is a good transit route for Afghanistan.
In the near future the sixth summit of the transportation committee would be held on transportation issues between deputy ministers of the transport of Afghanistan and Iran.
The Ministry of Transport also said that the ministry will work with the Ministry of Finance to build Khoska port in Zaranj, which is a very positive step towards establishing a facility in the transportation sector.
The Chabahar Port agreement was signed last year between leaders of Afghanistan, Iran and India, and the Afghan government has called this port as an important transit, trade and connecting point for three countries.
Sayed Qasem Zakeri, Iranian chancellor in Afghanistan, also called Chabahar transit route as  one of the important trilateral projects between Afghanistan, Iran and India.
He spoke to the traders about his country’s efforts to provide facilities in Chabahar port, up to now 165 Afghan companies and 352 foreign companies are registered in the Chabahar Free Zone. So far, 50 hectares of land has been put at the disposal Afghan investor as leased for fifty years.
The Afghan government has also called the Chabahar port a good alternative in the transportation and trading sector and says the port is a shorter and cheaper route.
Meanwhile, economic experts believe that the use of the Chabahar port for Islamabad has shown that Afghanistan is now not commercially dependent on Pakistan. As Afghanistan is a free country, it can itself provide alternative ways that can benefit Afghanistan’s trade. The Chabahar port is the only port that can be effective for importing and exporting Afghan goods.
Saifuddin Saihoon, an economic affairs expert, in this regard said that the tripartite meeting of the Coordinating Council to be established between Afghanistan and India would be a good opportunity for the people of Afghanistan.
He believed that the establishment of coordination between India, Iran and Afghanistan and the use of the Chabahar port could solve the problems that Afghanistan had with Pakistan in the past.
It is said that Pakistan has been trying for many years to make Afghanistan dependent on its trade and economy, and thus always keep the country under pressure.
 Therefore, the use of the Chabahar port will be a good alternative for Afghan businessmen.

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