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India begins use of Chabahar port in Iran despite international pressure

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  1. Hembo

    Hembo OLD MOD STAR MEMBER

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    India begins use of Chabahar port in Iran despite international pressure - Telegraph

    India remains undeterred by US and EU pressure to stop importing Iranian oil, indicating clearly that it would continue to be driven by its own domestic interests in the matter.

    Reacting to US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's comments that the US was engaging in "very intense and very blunt" conversations with India and others like China and Turkey to stop importing oil from Iran in order to pressure Tehran over its covert nuclear programme, officials in New Delhi yesterday said they would not be "coerced" by any country.

    And reinforcing its stand defying Western sanctions, India recently used Chabahar port in southeastern Iran for the first time ever to transport 100,000 metric tons of wheat to Afghanistan as part of its humanitarian aid to the war-torn country.

    India helped build Chabahar a decade ago to provide it access to Afghanistan and Central Asia- banned by neighbouring nuclear rival Pakistan- and is involved in constructing a 560-mile long rail line from the Zabul iron ore mines in southern Afghanistan to the Iranian port.


    Along with Iran and Afghanistan it also has an agreement to accord Indian goods, headed for Central Asia and Afghanistan preferential treatment and tariff reductions at Chabahar, an arrangement it plans to exploit imminently.

    A defiant India was also dispatching a large trade delegation to Iran later this month to explore business opportunities created by Western sanctions.
     
  2. Manmohan Yadav

    Manmohan Yadav Brigadier STAR MEMBER

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    THATS RIGHT,

    Ones loss is others Gain,

    Go for It fellows !!!!!!! :rockroll:
     
  3. Nick 779

    Nick 779 Captain SENIOR MEMBER

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    Way to go. We are both ancient civilisations and cannot be deterred due to others grandiose designs.
     
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