India, Uzbekistan, Iran to hold trilateral on joint use of Chabahar port
Amid reports that incoming US president Joe Biden could look at re-engaging Iran on its nuclear programme, India, Iran, and Uzbekistan are set to hold their first trilateral meeting on joint use of the strategic Chabahar port next week.
A statement from India’s foriegn ministry on Saturday said the first such trilateral working group meeting will be held via video link on Monday and will be chaired by deputy ministers of Iran and Uzbekistan and a senior foriegn ministry official from India.null
The announcement comes a day after Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev proposed such a meeting on the Chabahar port during a summit with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
India currently operates one terminal at the Chabahar port that it has developed. The strategic project has been given a waiver from sanctions imposed by the US on Iran in view of its importance in shipping cargo and humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan. But it has seen slow progress given apprehensions of possible sanctions amongst the business community.