Iran offers Pakistan, China participation in India's strategic Chabahar port project

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Iran offers Pakistan, China participation in India's strategic Chabahar port project

These caveats must be deliberated as the $62 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor approaches completion, with expansions already being explored such as between Gwadar and Chabahar.

Pakistan and Iran are on the opposite sides in Middle Eastern politics.

In a clear setback for India, Iran has invited China and Pakistan to participate in the development of the strategic Chabahar port, which is being built by India for the goal of bypassing Pakistan. The move may be seen as Zarif's bid to allay concerns here over the Indian involvement in the Iranian port, Dawn online reported. Zarif said, "There is no reason for hostility between Iran and Saudi Arabia". On the other hand, Pakistan issued a demarche to India saying it was becoming hard for its diplomats to function in Delhi.

Islamabad, Mar 13 Pakistan has summoned India's Deputy High Commissioner J P Singh over the alleged harassment of officials and families of the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi, according to Pakistan Foreign Affairs Ministry.

Dr Zarif, accompanied by a large trade delegation from Iran, had arrived on a three-day visit to Pakistan on Monday to commemorate the 70th anniversary of Pak-Iran diplomatic relations.

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Besides all the bilateral issues, regional security situation was also discussed at length.

Lodhi also said that the people of Pakistan have great admiration for the people of Iran.

"We are taking measures to do that and there is an open invitation to Pakistan to participate in that, " he added. "I personally feel both the governments would have to sit together to remove tariff and non-tariff barriers, simplify the customs procedures and re-establish a banking channel after lifting of sanctions on Iran, speedy execution of Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline, signing of Free Trade Agreement, etc".

"Iran was the first country to recognise Pakistan as an independent country". In November a year ago, India delivered the first consignment of wheat to Afghanistan through the Chabahar Port. These regions need to be linked by sea and land routes, he said.

In this context, India's not likely to be pleased with the Iranian foreign minister's comments.

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