New Delhi:30/12:(odiannews):It was culmination of years of efforts when India Ports Global Limited Company on Monday opened its office in Chabahar and took over the operations at the Shaheed Behesti port at the Iranian city, a step that would take Delhi closer to effective connectivity link to Afghanistan, Central Asia and parts of Russia.Iran is critical for connectivity of India to Eurasia and this is among key reasons that Delhi has been far form enthusiastic to follow US diktat on Tehran. While on one hand it remained engaged with USA to secure waiver for Iranian oil imports and use of Chabahar Port, Delhi was in no mood to compromise with its Iran strategy.Iran is key link to INSTC that connects Russia to India in shortest possible time. Kazakhstan plans to connect Gujarat via Iran and Russia is looking to put in place a connectivity corridor involving India and Oman through Iran. Chabahar will be key element in Indo-Pacific strategy of India that also includes , connect of Eurasia with Indian Ocean Region. Chabahar is key element in SCO membership of Delhi and a pillar to connectivity of India on the projects amid BRI of China . European countries and Japan are poised to complement efforts of India in Chabahar port.The US, which has allowed India to continue importing oil from Iran, has granted a waiver from sanctions for New Delhi s role in the Chabahar port and the construction of a railway line from the Iranian port city to the Afghan border. This after the Modi government dug its heels in and decided to continue with its engagement in Chabahar even in the absence of a waiver by the Trump administration for the project.
While the Modi government held hard negotiations with the Trump administration during the six months, including some tough talk to continue importing oil from Iran, it had also simultaneously explored mechanisms to safeguard its interests in Chabahar port in the event the sanctions covered that project.