Indian Minister of External Affairs Salman Khurshid has welcomed the recent interim deal between Iran and six major world powers over Tehran’s nuclear energy program, stating that the accord benefits the entire world.
Khurshid described the agreement between Iran and the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council — the United States, China, Russia, France and Britain — plus Germany as positive, calling on the involved parties and world countries to help the accord bear fruit. The senior Indian official further described the nuclear deal as positive in general, saying that it will bear positive results for Iran, India, the region and the whole world. Iran and the permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany sealed an interim deal in Geneva on November 24 to pave the way for the full resolution of the West’s decade-old dispute with Iran over the country’s nuclear energy program.
Under the Geneva deal, the six countries have undertaken to lift some of the existing sanctions against the Islamic Republic in exchange for Iran agreeing to limit certain aspects of its nuclear activities during six months. It was also agreed that no more sanctions would be imposed on Iran within the same timeframe.
Khurshid added that the removal of sanctions imposed on Iran would facilitate further trade transactions between New Delhi and Tehran.
He stressed the need for the enhancement of trade ties between India and Iran, stating that there are untapped trade potentials for the two countries concerning the development of the port of Chabahar in south-eastern Iran.
The access that Chabahar port offers to Afghanistan and Central Asia is of paramount importance to India, Khurshid pointed out.
Chabahar port — located 72 kilometers (44 miles) west of Pakistan’s Gwadar port — is connected to the city of Zaranj in Afghanistan’s south-western province of Nimruz and can serve as India’s entry point into Afghanistan, Central Asia and beyond.