In a bid to ease Pakistan’s concerns over the port project, Javad Zarif said Chabahar was not meant to “strangle” any country.
Iran Invites Pakistan To Participate In Chabahar Project
Iran’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif on Monday invited Pakistan to take part in the Chabahar Port project.
According to Dawn News this came as Zarif sought to ease concerns of Pakistan over India’s involvement in the port.
Zarif also meanwhile extended the invitation to China.
“We offered to participate in the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). We have also offered Pakistan and China to participate in Chabahar,” said Zarif, who is on a three-day visit to Pakistan.
While in Pakistan, Zarif held bilateral talks with his Pakistani counterpart Khawaja Asif and addressed a trade conference, Dawn News reported.
This move comes after Iran last month signed a lease agreement with India, which would give India operational control of the port.
Dawn news stated that Zarif said both Pakistan and India need to link through sea and land routes in order to boost development in eastern and south-eastern Iran and in south western Pakistan.
Zarif also said the Chabahar port project was not meant to “encircle Pakistan … strangulate anybody” and twice said Iran would not allow anyone to hurt Pakistan from its territory much like Pakistan would not allow its soil to be used against Iran, Dawn News reported.