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Chabahar port operational: Iran Foreign Minister

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Iranian Foreign Mohammad Javad 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 to

"We have good cooperation in the area of shipping and Indian presence in is very important. We have comprehensive cooperation with which also includes cooperation because has always been a reliable source of for is operational right now. Indian shipments to have already gone through Chabahar. We expect Chabahar to become even larger with more capacity. We hope and other investors would come to Chabahar and invest for the expansion of the port facility," he told ANI.

Zarif, who held bilateral talks with External Affairs Sushma Swaraj, expressed keenness in expanding ties with India in terms of economy and various other fields.

"Our Indian friends have always been categorical in terms of their intention to continue economic cooperation and import of from Iran," he added.

Earlier in the month, Iranian of Roads and Urban Development had said that would soon hand over to India for operation and maintenance purposes.

The complex is expected to pave the way for millions of dollars in trade and is being developed as part of a new corridor for land-locked Both India and signed an agreement worth USD 85 million to develop the port in south-

Meanwhile, opined that the policy pursued by the Donald administration with regards to the imposition of sanctions on Iran would only lead to further isolation.

"The international community is almost unanimous in rejecting the sanctions. Today, convened a meeting of the that turned out to be a theatre which didn't show success but showed isolation. Everybody supported the nuclear deal and insisted on the need for full implementation of the nuclear deal. I think the policy pursued by this administration in will only lead to further isolation," he noted.

Zarif's remark comes a day after Iranian lashed out at the sanctions reinstated by the administration, saying they amounted to "economic terrorism" and "economic war".

In 2015, six countries - Iran, US, Britain, Germany, Russia, France, and China- signed the Iran nuclear deal, for lifting economic sanctions on in exchange for limitations to the country's nuclear programme.

However, announced the US' withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) or the Iran nuclear deal in May, which limited the country's uranium enrichment in exchange for sanctions relief.

Calling the accord as an "embarrassment" that was "defective at its core", the US then warned of severe consequences if Iran resumed its nuclear programme.

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First Published: Thu, September 27 2018. 07:00 IST