Ashraf Ghani, Narendra Modi on Chabahar deal

TEHRAN, May 23 (MNA) – Iran’s Hassan Rouhani has signed a trilateral deal with Afghanistan and India to develop infrastructures of Chabahar port city in far south east of the country in Makran coasts.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai addressed the meeting of signing the deal after Mr. Rouhani’s preliminary speech on Monday evening in Tehran.

Mr. Modi believed that the deal was historic in that it was a turning point in the history of all three nations and which would perpetuate friendship. “Connection is a human need and today, we express our deep gratitude for President Rouhani to hosting this great event; economic cooperation is a priority for New Delhi. We all stand with other two countries for the single objective of bringing new ways of success,” Mr. Modi told the meeting. “Iran and India have a record of historical trade and have shared culture and rituals thank to cultural exchanges of the past centuries.”

“We have not cut the ties even in the harshest time of history and today’s meeting will be a new chapter in bilateral cooperation,” Mr. Modi added.

“Chabahar corridor, with participation of three countries, would transform the region in terms of economy and trade routes, setting new trends and eliminating huge barriers to regional trade,” he concluded.

Mr. Ashraf Ghani of Afghanistan for his part voiced his country’s commitment to trilateral deal of Chabahar; “Asian continent has been growing in the way to become a great economic pole and to meet the demands of welfare of nations entails regional cooperation; geography is not destiny, but human resolution does change this destiny; today, our wills are strong in Chabahar, with economic, cultural and political development in the horizon,” he said.

“Some countries only exported terrorism, but our trilateral exports is self-belief, cooperation, and exhausting opportunities this region provides us to give our nation welfare and stability; our message communicated is that all countries in the region are welcome to join this cooperation agreement,” Ghani concluded.




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