India to highlight Chabahar port’s importance at Central-South Asia conference in Uzbekistan


Uzbekistan is hosting the Central-South Asia Conference 2021 in Tashkent titled the International Conference on Central and South Asia Regional Connectivity, Challenges and Opportunities.

External Affairs Minister Dr Jaishankar will attend the conference in Taskent here on July 15-16. Talking to ANI exclusively ahead of the conference, Indian Ambassador to Uzbekistan Manish Prabhat stressed on the importance of the conference and what are India’s expectations from the high-level visit.

“India has been talking to all the countries for connectivity since the year 2000. Iran and Russia were working together along the north transport corridor. Today many countries work together. India wants every possible connection to be maintained in these countries,” Ambassador Manish told ANI.

Meanwhile, the Indian envoy to Uzbekistan emphasised on the role of Chabahar port in Iran and how it can play an important role for trade in the Central Asia region.

“India has done a lot to develop the Chabhar port in Iran especially. We want this connectivity to be done through the port of Chabahar, so that our trade will increase to countries of Central Asia. At present trade is happening from Afghanistan. Chabahar port can be play an important role for businesses in central Asian countries too,” Prabhat told ANI.

“The Central Asian country is completely landlocked. So India wants to open trade routes and create new routes, as well as increase trade through air corridor. All these things will happen in the conference. India’s proposal will also be put up by the Foreign Minister Dr S Jaishankar,” the envoy told ANI.