'US Has Been...': Jaishankar Responds To Sanction Warning Over India-Iran Chabahar Port Deal

The US earlier warned that "anyone" considering business deals with Tehran needs to be aware of the "potential risk of sanctions."
S Jaishankar

EAM S Jaishankar

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New Delhi: External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar has responded to US' "potential risk of sanctions" warning after India signed 10-year agreement for running the Chabahar Port in Iran, and said that the people must not take "narrow view" of it. The minister said the project will benefit the entire region, adding that the US previously had had appreciated the larger relevance of Chabahar.
"I did see some of the remarks which were made, but I think it's a question of communicating, convincing and getting people to understand, that this is actually for everyone's benefit. I don't think people should take a narrow view of it," Jaishankar said during an interaction at the launch of the Bangla edition of his book 'Why Bharat Matters' in Kolkata on Wednesday, reported news agency ANI.
The US earlier warned that "anyone" considering business deals with Tehran needs to be aware of the "potential risk of sanctions."
"We are aware of these reports that Iran and India have signed a deal concerning the Chabahar Port, I would let the government of India speak to its own foreign policy goals, vis-a-vis the Chabahar Port as well as its own bilateral relationship with Iran," the US State Department Principal Deputy Spokesperson, Vedant Patel, had said.
Responding to this, the EAM said the US have not done so in the past. "So, if you look at the US' own attitude towards the port in Chabahar, the US has been appreciative of the fact that Chabahar has a larger relevance...we will work at it," he added, quoted ANI.
In a major development, India and Iran on Monday signed the contract on Chabahar Port for next 10 years. Chabahar sea port deal will strengthen economic ties between the two countries. India has been developing a terminal at the port in Chabahar, with a view to transport goods to Iran, and the land-locked countries of Afghanistan, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan.
The new agreement with Iran would open a trade route between South Asia and Central Asia via Iran, bypassing Karachi and Gwadar ports in Pakistan. India has been developing a terminal at the port in Chabahar, with a view to transport goods to Iran, and the land-locked countries of Afghanistan, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan.
Talking about it, Jaishankar said that India has had a long association with the project, but was not able to sign a long-term dead, which was crucial.
"We have had a long association with the Chabahar Port, but we could never sign a long-term agreement. The reason was...there were various problems on the Iranian end...the joint-venture partner changes, the condition changed," the Foreign Minister added.
"Finally, we were able to sort this out and we were able to get the long-term agreement done. The long-term agreement is necessary, because without it you cannot really improve the port operation. And the port operation we believe, will benefit the entire region," Jaishankar said, as quoted by ANI.
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