Afghanistan opened a new route to India on Sunday on the way to Chabahar in Iran for export to India.
Actually, the war-torn land-locked country – Afghanistan – is trying to reach overseas markets to improve its economy. Officials said that 23 trucks carrying 57 tonnes of dry fruits, textiles, carpets and mineral items were dispatched to Chabahar Port in Iran from the western Afghan city of Jaranj.
These goods will reach Mumbai via ship. Initiating the new route for export, President Ashraf Ghani said that Afghanistan is gradually improving exports to reduce trade deficit. He said, “Chabahar Port is the result of healthy cooperation between India, Iran and Afghanistan and it will ensure economic growth.”
Iran’s port gives Afghanistan easy access to the sea. India has helped in developing this route, which facilitates trade by both countries bypassing Pakistan. The US had given some exemptions to India on restrictions for the development of the strategically important Chabahar Port last year. These exemptions include the building of a railway line connecting Chabahar Port with Afghanistan. Chabahar port has special vital importance in the economic development of Afghanistan.
Earlier, India had exported 1/1 million tonnes of wheat and 2000 tonnes of lentil oil to Afghanistan through Chabahar Port. In 2018, Afghanistan exported $ 740 million to India and this is its largest export center.