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The future of Chabahar Port

 Harsh V. Pant Tehran, Dec 13, IRNA – Last week saw the inauguration of the first phase of the strategic Chabahar port by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in the presence of officials from 17 countries. India is central to this port project as it remains keen on opening a trade …

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Centre reworking Chabahar deal as US sanctions loom

The looming US sanctions on Iran has put the deal for Chabahar port between India and Iran on the fast-track. The two countries are working on amending the clause that mandates activation of the deal after receiving funding from India. Under the May 2016 pact, India was to pay Rs …

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Pakistan’s fortunes can’t be rescued by celebrity PM and recycled foreign minister

India and US’ concerns over Pakistan are old but now China and Saudi Arabia too are indicating wariness over unfulfilled promises. Few friends or presumed enemies seem willing to trust Pakistan’s promises even under a new leader. Reluctance of ‘friends’ Saudi Arabia and China to pump in billions of dollars …

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Saudi Arabia’s oil refinery in Gwadar likely to threaten Chabahar port, make China part of Tehran and Riyadh war

Hong Kong: Pakistan’s latest announcement about Saudi Arabia’s investment in an oil refinery at the port city of Gwadar has set alarm bells ringing in the international arena. A Zerohedge article claims that Pakistan’s move comes from a “desperate” need for funding to ward off a financial crisis stoked by …

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ISI runs Pak, no point holding talks with them: Swamy

Senior BJP leader and Rajya Sabha MP Subramanian Swamy on Sunday said there was no point holding talks with Pakistan as the neighbouring country is run by the “ISI, military and terrorists”. Read more at: https://www.deccanherald.com/national/isi-runs-pakistan-no-point-695400.html

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Middle Eastern Black Swans dot China’s Belt and Road

Dr. James M. Dorsey If any one part of the world has forced China to throw its long-standing foreign and defense policy principles out the window and increasingly adopt attitudes associated with a global power, it is the greater Middle East, a region that stretches from the Atlantic coast of …

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India sponsors terrorism in Pakistan, avoids peace talks on flimsy grounds: FM Qureshi tells UNGA

Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, while representing Pakistan at the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, said Pakistan wanted to engage with “all countries and neighbours on the basis of peace and equality”. The foreign minister addressed the audience in the national language, Urdu. “I …

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Chabahar port operational: Iran Foreign Minister

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Wednesday (local time), while acknowledging the importance of India’s presence in Chabahar, confirmed that the port in the region is operational. He further said that Indian shipments have already gone through Chabahar to Afghanistan. “We have good cooperation in the area of shipping …

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India cancels New York meeting with Pakistan, says PM Khan’s ‘true face revealed’

New Delhi on Friday called off a meeting between the Pakistani and Indian foreign ministers on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly, just a day after confirming the development. Minister of External Affairs (MEA) Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar, confirming the development, cited “unclean intentions” on Pakistan’s side. “It is …

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Along the road – Gwadar and China’s power projection

The construction of the Gwadar port and the Chinese presence on the shores of the Arabian Sea highlight a new geostrategic dynamic that is likely to affect the regional balance of power. Frederic Grare Nonresident Senior Fellow South Asia Program Ever since Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf inaugurated the Gwadar port …

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