ISLAMABAD -- India which has made huge investment on Chabahar Port and termed it a strategic port in its ambitions to bypass Pakistan and reach CAR is feeling frustrated after Iran termed Gwadar and Chabahar as sister ports and invited Pakistan to invest in the port.
Earlier Iran’s Minister of Road and Urban Development arrived in Pakistan and underlined that railway link between Chabahar <link> and Gwadar <link>ports would prove to be a major step for the development of the two ports.
Addressing a joint press conference with Pakistan's Minister for Ports and Shipping Mir Hasil Khan Bizenjo here, Abbas Akhundi said that Iran is ready to cooperate with Pakistan in all fields.
'Iran and Pakistan are two friendly states which share long border and we consider development of Pakistan as our development,' he added.
Akhundi viewed that development of the regional states is very important for the security of the area so we think that development of both Iran and Pakistan at the same time is extremely important.
“I have come to Pakistan with a large delegation at the invitation of Pakistan’s Minister of Ports and Shipping Mir Hasil Khan Bizenjo and my objective is to enhance road, railway and air links with Pakistan,” he said.
Akhundi said that last year about 200,000 Pakistani citizens traveled to Iran adding that this figure can be increased which could help people of both countries to come close to each other.
He said that Chabahar <link> port of Iran and Gwadar <link> port of Pakistan are sister ports, adding that Iran would welcome the ferry service between Chabahar <link> and Karachi ports which could be extended to other ports of Iran.
The minister added that Iran is also willing to open more border points with Pakistan.
“We are also ready to start direct flights between the bordering cities of Iran and Pakistan,” he noted.
He expressed the hope that his visit would prove to be fruitful for enhancing cooperation between the two countries.