Image of Chabahar Port

TDN World Desk: Islamic Republic of Iran has pulled out from an agreement signed with India four years ago to construct a rail line from Chabahar port to Zahedan, along the border with Afghanistan rail project.

To back its withdrawal decision the Iraninan government cited delays from the Indian side in funding and starting the project. The Iranian government said it will procceed on its own barring any assistance from India.

The deal was signed as a part of trilateral agreement between India, Iran and Afghanistan with an aim to construct an alternative trade route to Afghanistan and Central Asia. The deal was signed in May 2016 during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s foreign tour to Irannian counterpart President Rouhani and Afghanistan President Ghani.

The news came into the limelight in a time when Iran and Chian are reportedly close to finalising a 25-year Strategic Partnership, a deal that worths $400 billion, which will include Chinese involvement in Chabahar’s duty free zone, an oil refinery nearby, and possibly a larger role in Chabahar port as well.

Congress sees it as a diplomatic inefficiency of the Modi government which costed the “big loss” of the Railway project from india’s hand.

Sharing The Hindu report on Twitter Abhisek Singhvi, Congress national spokes person said, India dropped from Chahbar Port deal. This is the diplomacy of the Modi Govt that won laurels even without getting the work done, China worked quietly but gave them a better deal. Big loss for India. But you can’t ask questions!”

Hitting out at the Modi government Youth Congress said it to be “Another foreign policy failure” and held PM Narendra Modi responsible “at destroying strategic relationships built over years” between the two neighbouring countries.