Inauguration of the first phase of Chabahar Port

First phase of Chabahar port to be inaugurated by Iranian Prez on Sunday

Question: Who recently inaugurated the first phase of Chabahar port?
(a) Ashraf Ghani
(b) Hassan Rouhani
(c) Sushma Swaraj
(d) Narendra Modi
Ans: (b)
Related facts:-

  • On December 3, 2017, Iranian President Hassan Rohani inaugurated the first phase of Chabahar port.
  • India, Afghanistan and regional representatives were also present on this occasion.
  • Simultaneously, bypassing Pakistan a new strategic transit route has opened among three countries Iran, India and Afghanistan.
  • Chabahar port is an important port on the banks of the Gulf of Oman in southeastern Iran, which offers a minimum distance of sea route to trade with South Asian countries in Asia.
  • Chabahar port is important for both business and strategic approaches to India.
  • Strategically, it provides a sea route to India for Afghanistan.
  • Apart from this, it will also balance the Gwadar port (Baluchistan, Pakistan), which is being developed by the China.
  • In the view of business it is a better option for trading with Central Asia than India’s dependence on Pakistan.
  • It is to be mentioned that the first phase of the Chabahar port project was inaugurated with the Shaheed Beheshti port in Chabahar and its first phase was called ‘Shaheed Beheshti Port’.
  • It is worth noting that almost a month ago; India sent the first shipyard of wheat to the Afghanistan through the sea route through the Chabahar Port.

Related Links:-
http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/1st-phase-of-strategically-important-chabahar-port-inaugurated/1/1102416.html
http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/economy/logistics/first-phase-of-chabahar-port-to-be-inaugurated-by-iranian-prez-tomorrow/article9980264.ece

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