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Iran invites Pakistan, China to join India in Chabahar port project

14 March 2018

"We offered to participate in the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor". He also said that the Chabahar port project was not meant to "encircle Pakistan ... strangulate anybody", adding that Iran would not allow anybody to hurt Pakistan from its territory, much like Pakistan would not allow its soil to be used against Iran.

"We have also offered Pakistan and China to participate in Chahbahar", Zarif said while delivering a lecture at the Institute of Strategic Studies Islamabad (ISSI) that had been held to commemorate 70th anniversary of establishment of Pak-Iran diplomatic relations.

Pakistan's Dawn newspaper reported Zarif "sought to allay concerns here (in Pakistan) over Indian involvement in the Iranian port".

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He compared Iran's relations with India to Pakistan's ties with Saudi Arabia.

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Pakistan's Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa has told the visiting Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif that "wider cooperation in West Asia is needed" to tackle security challenges threatening the region. The issue was discussed at length in a meeting between Indian foreign secretary Vijay Gokhale.

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Gwadar is a key part of the multi-billion dollar CPEC, a flagship project of China's Belt and Road Initiative that has been opposed by India as it passes through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.

"Iran is always ready to help Pakistan meet its electricity demand to a great extent", he said, while recalling the number of advantages his country offered for Pakistan's economy and businessmnen. "I personally feel both the governments would have to sit together to remove tariff and non-tariff barriers, simplify the customs procedures and re-establish a banking channel after lifting of sanctions on Iran, speedy execution of Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline, signing of Free Trade Agreement, etc".

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Iran invites Pakistan, China to join India in Chabahar port project