India to develop Iran port despite US pressure

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… from  Press TV,  Tehran

 

[ Editor’s Note The US continues to boss the world around as to who can do business with whom, even within their own back yard. India is exhibiting some national pride to the American Sanctionistas that it has some national interests that it would like to protect.

So what is going here… really? Might it have something to do with seeing former third world countries who are not mired in foreign debt doing better in the current tough world economy than the West?  Are these countries breaking some unwritten rule to remain in their place and accept a secretly-assigned subjugated position?

Is the US opposition toward India partnering with Iran on developing this new major port a payback for India’s trending away from the closer US ties of the Bush years, and becoming the southern anchor for the new Asian triumvirate, with Russia and China?

India has not built the much needed road infrastructure in  isolated eastern Afghanistan for future skateboard users. It was done to connect the new Chabahar Port via the new railway line that will head north, bringing imports in and raw materials out along the same route.

Afghanistan desperately needs to begin a revenue stream from its natural resources as an anchor to developing this long neglected part of the country. And as always happens, new towns will spring up along this new major rail and road artery, as it did with our own Western America development.

Bush(43) was the puppet patsie for the dice roll to seize Afghanistan as the doorway to Central Asia to stake America’s claim to the flanks of both Russia and China — think missile placement. And mind you, this was a peacetime move. The American taxpayers were looted by mega pilfering on the war profiteering, while being cut out of all the drug trade profits, which did not go into a political campaign fund with random raffle ticket winner distribution.

India has a lot of people waiting for better living conditions. We are seeing here another boomerang cost of the sanctions-bullying — the US alienating a country with almost 1.3 billion people. I don’t think the new India is going to be asking the “US masters” for permission to do business Jim W. Dean ]

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–  First published  …  May o6,  2015 

In a bold defiance of the US warnings, India is poised to sign an agreement with Iran for the development of the strategic Chabahar Port in southeast Iran.

“[India’s Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin] Gadkari is scheduled to visit Iran on May 5. During his visit India and Iran may sign a memorandum of understanding for development of Chabahar Port,” Press Trust of India (PTI) reported.

Iran and India agreed in 2003 to develop Chabahar Port, which lies near Iran’s border with Pakistan. Last year, India’s cabinet approved the development plan.

The announcement comes nearly a week after the US warned India and others against boosting ties with Iran ahead of a final nuclear deal expected between Tehran and six world powers. However, Indian officials have said New Delhi should focus on its national interests.

“We don’t want to miss this opportunity and will move as expeditiously as possible,” an Indian official said.

Chabahar Port would cut transport costs and freight time for India to Central Asia and the Persian Gulf by about a third. The port would largely help India to get around Pakistan and open up a route to landlocked Afghanistan where it has developed close economic interests.

India has already spent about $100 million to build a 220-km (140-mile) road in western Afghanistan to link up with Chabahar Port.

Khalid Khan, regional head of the Federation of Indian Export Organisations, said Chabahar Port will help India export more to the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).

Experts from Iran and the P5+1 group of countries – the US, Russia, Germany, France, Britain and China – are currently in New York to try to work out a draft agreement over the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program. According to reports, the negotiations are planned to resume in the Austrian capital, Vienna, on May 12.

Iran and the P5+1 group of countries reached mutual understanding on the parameters of a comprehensive agreement over the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program in the Swiss city of Lausanne on April 2.

Iran and the six-party group have agreed to finalize a comprehensive deal on the nuclear program by the end of June.

Chabahar Port night view

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