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Chahbahar project not aimed at 'strangulating' anybody: Iran

Press Trust of India  |  Islamabad 

has invited and to participate in the strategic Port and said the initiative is not aimed at "strangulating" or "encircling" anybody, a quoted visiting Iranian as saying.

India, and had signed a trilateral agreement in 2016 to jointly develop the port, opening a new strategic transit route between the three nations and other Central Asian nations, bypassing

In November last year, delivered the first consignment of wheat to through the Port.

Iran's Javad Zarif, who is on a three-day visit to Islamabad, said the port project was not meant to "encircle ... strangulate anybody".

would not allow anybody to hurt from its territory, much like would not allow its soil to be used against Iran, he said, while delivering a lecture at the Institute of Strategic Studies (ISSI) yesterday, according to Dawn newspaper.

"We are taking measures to do that and there is an open invitation to to participate in that," he said.

Zarif likened Iran's relations with to Pakistan's ties with

"Our relations with India, just like Pakistan's relations with Saudi Arabia, are not against as we understand Pakistan's relations with are not against Iran," the Iranian said.

He said has also extended invitation to to join the Chahbahar project.

"We offered to participate in the China-Economic Corridor. We have also offered and to participate in Chahbahar," said Zarif.

He also said that and Port needed to be linked through sea and land routes for development of deprived Eastern and South-eastern and South Western

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Tue, March 13 2018. 20:45 IST