US lawmakers question India’s Chabahar port deal with Iran
WASHINGTON: US senators questioned on Tuesday whether India’s development of a port in southern Iran for trade access risked violating international sanctions, while a State Department official assured them the administration will closely examine the project.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday pledged up to $500 million to develop the Iranian port of Chabahar, to try to give his country trade access to Iran, Afghanistan and Central Asia. The route is currently all but blocked by Pakistan, long at odds politically with India.
“We have been very clear with the Indians (about) continuing restrictions on activities with respect to Iran,” Nisha Desai Biswal, assistant secretary of state for South and Central Asian Affairs, said on Tuesday.
“We have to examine the details of the Chabahar announcement to see where it falls in that place,” she testified to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. CONTINUED ON P11