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Iran Shifts Toward India With Port Deal to Tap Afghan Riches

  • Iran president: Agreement ‘also a political and regional one’
  • India land access to Central Asia blocked by Pakistan, China
Iranian workers transfer goods from a cargo container to trucks at the Kalantari port in city of Chabahar.

Iranian workers transfer goods from a cargo container to trucks at the Kalantari port in city of Chabahar.

Photographer: Atta Kenare/AFP via Getty Images
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Iran took a step closer to energy-hungry Asian nations India and Afghanistan as it looks to recover from a decade of international sanctions.

The Persian Gulf nation signed a three-nation agreement on Monday to develop its southern Chabahar port, a project first proposed in 2003 that had been suspended following the tightening of sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Afghan leader Ashraf Ghani visited Tehran to finalize the deal.