India’s relations with Iran have seen twists and turns in history where they have been close at times and shared common interests. India has recently given the green signal in helping Iran build the port of Chabahar – Balochistan and is building a highway between Zaranj and Delaram.
Ahead of external affairs minister Salman Khurshid’s visit to Iran from May 3-5, the Union cabinet is likely to approve an assistance plan of $100 million (about Rs. 539 crore) to develop the port. “The cabinet approval is expected soon,” said an official. Gwadar has strategic importance for China as 60% of its crude oil [...]
By Sanjeev Miglani NEW DELHI/KABUL, (Reuters) – India will explore a route through rival Pakistan to transport iron ore from Afghanistan, the head of a consortium involved in the $11 billion project said, hoping that economic benefits will outweigh political hostility.
The Taliban, backed by Pakistan, are set to retake control of Afghanistan after Nato-led forces withdraw from the country, according to reports citing a classifed assessment by US forces. The Times described the report as secret and “highly classified”, saying it was put together last month by the US military at Bagram air base in Afghanistan for top Nato [...]