Deputy NSA envoy visits Iran to promote goods transit via INSTC

India’s Deputy National Security Advisor Vikram Misri is in Iran with a goal to promote transit of goods through the International North-South Transport Corridor (INSTC) and expand use of Chabahar Port, India’s first international port.

Iran is a key partner in India’s wider neighborhood and Misri’s visit coincides with this
the country’s accession to the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO).

On Tuesday, Misri attended the third trilateral meeting of founding member states
INSTC – Iran, Russia and India – in Tehran. Senior officials of the three countries,
including Iran’s Minister of Transport and Urban Development, Mehrdad Bazrpash, Head of
Iran’s Ports and Maritime Organization Ali-Akbar Safaei and Senior Advisor to the President of
Igor Yevgenievich Levitin from the Russian Federation also took part in the meeting.

Misri stressed India’s determination to work with Iran and Russia to complete it
the INSTC. “India has been involved in various initiatives and projects
north-south corridor and has always strived to provide its resources in the best possible way
“We have to pave the way for the implementers so that this corridor is expanded in the best possible way,” he said
said to the congregation.

At the meeting, Bazrpash highlighted some of the Islamic Republic’s key concerns
Principles promoting INSTC, including multilateralism, partnership, transit neighborhoods, interconnectedness, trade facilitation, and intelligence and technology
development of local transport and demanded maximum cooperation in development
Exchange via the INSTC.

Safaei stressed the benefits of transit through Iran for countries in the regions.
“Iran joins Shanghai Cooperation Organization and Eurasian Economic Union
will offer unique opportunities to the country’s trading partners and to Islam
The Republic is determined to remove all of its tariff and non-tariff barriers to trade as quickly as possible
possible time,” he said.

The main reason for these trilateral meetings is to promote the movement of goods between them
India, Russia and other countries in the Persian Gulf and Caspian Sea, Safaei added.

Lavitin called the INSTC a humanitarian corridor and urged countries in the region to do so
Join this corridor to achieve its goals.

Most of all, he emphasized the establishment of a single trade policy across this corridor
Presenting an important prerequisite for the development of trade in this initiative, he added: “The main topic discussed at this meeting is to define the same framework and reach a common understanding for all entrepreneurs who are willing to use this path.”

Lavitin met separately with the Iranian foreign minister to discuss Russia-Iran-Azerbaijan
Connectivity as part of INSTC.

Established in 2000 by Iran, Russia and India, the 7,200 km INSTC operates as a multimodal network of sea, rail and road routes for the transport of goods between India, Iran,
Azerbaijan, Russia, Central Asia and Europe. INSTC has made a major contribution to this
has strengthened trade ties between India and Russia over the past year.

Geographically, Iranian territory, especially the port of Chabahar, is of great strategic importance
INSTC on connecting India with Russia.

The INSTC is also an important transport agenda that is expected to see significant momentum
the transit and trade of Iran and Russia with the countries of the Caspian Sea and the
Persian Gulf including Oman and United Arab Emirates. There are also plans to link INSTC to
Port of Chabahar.

In his speech at the SCO summit on Tuesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi praised Iran’s initiative
Joined the group and roots for INSTC and Chabahar Port for Eurasian connectivity.

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