US bats for India-Iran Chabahar deal as it circumvents China-Pakistan Gwadar project

| Thursday, May 26, 2016 - 16:10
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US bats for India-Iran Chabahar deal as it circumvents China-Pakistan Gwadar project

US bats for India-Iran Chabahar deal

New Delhi: The United States has reportedly voiced its support for the India-Iran Chabahar port deal. The construction of the port will not only give India access to Central Asia and Afganistan while countering Pakistan, but also surpass the $46-billion China-Pakistan Gwadar Economic Corridor project.
In an earlier report, some Senators had raised concerns on the Chabahar port deal between India and Iran. However, US President Barack Obama has vouched for India. Analysts opine that Washington is aware of the fact that the development of Gwadar port will give China a strategic and an economic leverage in addition to a new trade link from its West to the Arabian Sea.
The Chabahar port deal is significant for India in the sense that it will not only give India much-need independent route to Afganistan via Iran but will also evade Pakistan. Experts also believe that the economic stability of India and Afganistan is important for the United States.
The Gwadar project will not only give China's Navy access to the Indian Ocean but also an economic boost to Pakistan which could eventually be a hedge against ever-increasing influence of US in Asia.
India has now pledged to invest close to $200 million to develop two terminals and five berths at Chabahar port. The Chabahar port had been pending for years, majorly owing to the US sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program, some of which were lifted earlier this year.

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US backing of Chahbahar is childish. More and more US foreign policy seems to be an effort to protect Obama legacy in case of a Donald Trump presidency. :) They are just taking the low hanging fruit away from Trump if he comes to power.

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