India takes over Iran's strategic Chabahar port

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    This explains why India did not seem too concerned about US pullout from Afghanistan. This port will act as an alternate trade/supply route to Afghanistan. Therefore, it will reduce Pakistan's ability to blackmail India (or US).

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    India Monday (Dec 25) formally took over operations at Iran's strategic Chabahar Port, a move that, observers believe, could have significant geopolitical ramifications in the region.

    The port on the Indian Ocean, inaugurated last year, is being built largely by India and is expected to provide a key supply route for Afghanistan while allowing India to bypass rival Pakistan to trade with Central Asia.

    Tellingly, the U.S. State Department in November exempted the Chabahar Port project from sanctions in recognition of its importance to landlocked Afghanistan.

    "After extensive consideration, the Secretary has provided for an exception from the imposition of certain sanctions with respect to the development of Chabahar Port and the construction of an associated railway and for the shipment of non-sanctionable goods through the Port for Afghanistan," a state department spokesperson said in a statement to the Hindustan Times in November.

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    India is the worlds largest democracy. Better they help carry the weight and fight on the side of good.
     

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