The first consignment of wheat from India to Afghanistan through Chabahar Port in Iran was flagged off on 29th October 2017 by Smt. Sushma Swaraj, Minister of External Affairs, India, Salahuddin Rabani, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Afghanistan (joining the ceremony via video conferencing) in the presence of Dr. Shaida Mohammad Abdali, Ambassador of Afghanistan to India and Indian government authorities at Kandla port, Gujarat.

With this shipment carrying 1.1 million tons of wheat for the people of Afghanistan on grant basis will create a new strategic transit paving the way for new trade and transit opportunities that will enhance trade relations between India-Afghanistan -Iran and in the wider region.

"I am extremely delighted that today we have joined on a momentous occasion for the people of our three countries and the region," Ms. Swaraj said, terming the move as an important step in realizing the shared aspiration to carve out "new routes" of peace and prosperity.


Development of the Chabahar Port was first agreed by India in 2003 to allow New Delhi to reach Afghanistan markets. This was further fostered when India Afghanistan- Iran signed a trilateral trade pact on the visit of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Iran.


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