WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): Aimed at giving Afghanistan an alternative access route to the sea, the United States Tuesday said that it has given exemption to the development of Chabahar port by India.
A day after the US imposed punitive sanctions on Iran, the United States said it has also given exemption to the development of associated railroad linking the strategically located port to Afghanistan and transportation of non-sanctionable to Afghanistan. This is part of the South Asia strategy, an official said.
“After extensive consideration, the Secretary has provided for an exception from the imposition of certain sanctions under the Iran Freedom and Counter-Proliferation Act of 2012 (IFCA) 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’s use, as well as Afghanistan’s continued imports of Iranian petroleum products,” a State Department Spokesperson told Pajhwok Afghan News.
“This exception relates to reconstruction assistance and economic development for Afghanistan. These activities are vital for the ongoing support of Afghanistan’s growth and humanitarian relief,” the spokesperson said.
“The President’s South Asia strategy underscores our ongoing support of Afghanistan’s economic growth and development as well as our close partnership with India. We seek to build on our close relationships with both countries as we execute a policy of maximum pressure to change the Iranian regime’s destabilizing policies in the region and beyond,” said the State Department Spokesperson.