First cargo shipment from India arrives in Afghanistan via Iran’s Chabahar port


KABUL (TCA) — The first cargo shipment from India, of wheat, via Iran’s Chabahar Port arrived in Nimroz in the west of Afghanistan on November 11, TOLOnews reported.

Senior government officials and the Indian ambassador to Kabul, Manpreet Vohra, attended a ceremony to inaugurate the new trade route which according to officials will help Afghanistan overcome its dependence on other trade routes, including Pakistan.

“With the opening of Chabahar Port, Afghanistan will no longer be dependent on Karachi Port,” Nimroz governor Mohammad Samiullah said. “This port will create thousands of jobs and bring billions of dollars in revenue to Afghanistan, Iran and India.”

He also said the residents of Nimroz are determined to ensure the Nimroz-Delaram road is secure. This route leads directly to Chabahar Port in Iran.

At the same event, Nasir Ahmad Durani, acting Afghan minister of agriculture, said the cooperation between Afghanistan, India and Iran in the Chabahar region is a great opportunity to boost trade ties between the three countries.

Indian Ambassador Manpreet Vohra said Chabahar Port provides easy and short connectivity between countries in the region.

He said the shipment is part of the 1.1 million tons of wheat pledged by India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Afghanistan during his visit to Kabul.

According to him, 700,000 tons of wheat has so far arrived in Afghanistan.

The Indian envoy said Chabahar Port’s route will not be closed at random – which is a problem Afghanistan faces in working through some countries in the region.

Sergey Kwan