India starts trade route to Afghanistan via Iran

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India launched new trade route to bypass Pakistan, shipping its first consignment of wheat to Afghanistan by sea through the Iranian strategic port Chabahar – on Sunday, October 29.

The shipment went from the western seaport of Kandla and will be picked up by trucks to Afghanistan from the Iranian port.

Trump urged India to help Afghanistan

The new exchange route takes after the air freight hallway created between India and Afghanistan in June a year ago to give easy access to Afghan products to the Indian Market. In the new procedure presented in August, U.S. President Donald Trump requested that India should do more to promote the Afghanistan’s development.

Furthermore, despite the fact that General Bajwa’s offer was just made orally, and not caught up with an immediate offer to India, it was seen as significant for various reasons. In any case, the offer was made by the Pakistan armed force boss, known to have a high command to actualize such a proposal than his counterparts.

Sushma Swaraj, Indian External Affairs Minister, announced on Sunday that the shipment denoted the union between India, Afghanistan, and Iran leading to an unrestricted flow of commercial activities through the trade region.

The trio – India, Afghanistan, and Iran – a year ago chose to mutually set up a trade route for landlocked Central Asian nations. India conferred about $500 million for the improvement of the Chahabar Port alongside related streets and rail lines.