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Iran's Chabahar Port Development: Significance and Implications

AFGHANISTAN -- A handout photo made available by Afghanistan's Presidential Palace shows Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani (Center) greets Nimroz province government authorities after arriving to inaugurate the country's first export convoy of goods

In 2016, Iran, India, and Afghanistan signed a deal to develop the port of Chabahar in southern Iran and to build a transport corridor into Afghanistan. In recent days, the project marked a major milestone, with Afghanistan sending off its first shipment of exports to India via Chabahar.

What is the significance of the Chabahar project, and what does it mean for the three countries, for the broader region, and for the United States? In this latest episode of the AfPak File, Alex Vatanka of the Middle East Institute, Rani Mullen of William and Mary University, and Michael Kugelman of the Wilson Center discuss these issues and more. Muhammad Tahir of RFE/RL Media manager serves as moderator.

AfPak File Podcast: Iran's Chabahar Port Development: Significance and Implications
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