EAM S Jaishankar co-chairs 19th Joint commission meeting 2019 b/w India & Iran held in Tehran

  • External Affairs Minister (EAM), Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, who was on a 2-day (22-23 December 2019) visit to Iran, co-chaired the 19thJoint Commission Meeting 2019 with his Iranian counterpart Javad Zarif in Tehran, Iran.

Key Points:

  • During the meet, 2 sides agreed to speed up the work on the strategic Chabahar project, which is being jointly developed by India, Iran and Afghanistan.
  • Both sides also agreed to celebrate their 70thanniversary of bilateral treaty of friendship in 2020. As a part of the celebration, they will promote exchanges between the Parliamentarians, organize cultural festivals, promote people-to-people contact and youth exchanges.
  • The Chabahar project, which was signed in May 2016, is considered a gateway to trade opportunities with the three countries of Central Asian Nations.
  • Jaishankar also met Iranian President Hassan Rouhani & held talks about the bilateral cooperation between the two sides.

Chabahar port:

  • It is on the Indian Ocean about 100 kilometres west of the Pakistan border. It consists of 2 separate ports – Shahid Kalantari & Shahid Beheshti. India and Iran first agreed to plans to further develop Shahid Beheshti port in 2003.
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