India and Armenia have mentioned the potential for utilizing Iran’s Chabahar port to reinforce connectivity between the 2 international locations to spice up commerce and commerce, exterior affairs minister S Jaishankar mentioned on Wednesday.
Jaishankar is the primary Indian international minister to go to Armenia for the reason that two international locations established diplomatic relations in 1992. Armenia was the ultimate cease on his three-nation tour that has additionally taken him to Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan.
India and Armenia are members of the Worldwide North-South Transport Hall (INSTC), which has the potential to bridge the connectivity barrier between the 2 sides, and Armenia’s curiosity in utilizing Chabahar port figured in Jaishankar’s talks together with his Armenian counterpart Ararat Mirzoyan.
“Minister Mirzoyan and I discussed the interest which Armenia has shown in the utilisation of the Chabahar port in Iran, which is being developed by India,” he informed a media briefing in Yerevan.
“We have also proposed that Chabahar port be included in the INSTC. We would definitely like to welcome the use of Chabahar port and any other initiatives that will increase the connectivity between our countries,” he mentioned, including the 2 sides additionally mentioned the potential for direct flights below an air providers settlement.
Jaishankar reiterated India’s constant place relating to the peaceable decision of the battle between Armenia and Azerbaijan by means of diplomatic means. He additionally expressed India’s assist for resolving the dispute below the Group for Safety and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and for the trilateral ceasefire mechanism brokered by Russia in November 2020.
“Regarding the regional security situation in light of developments in the Caucasus region since last year, India’s position has been very consistent… India has always been in favour of peace and stability in this region,” he mentioned.
Armenia and Azerbaijan signed the Russia-brokered ceasefire on November 10 final 12 months to finish six weeks of heavy combating that killed some 7,000 navy troops and civilians on each side.
Noting that India was one of many first international locations to recognise the independence of Armenia and set up diplomatic ties in 1992, Jaishankar mentioned his go to marked the start of a brand new part of cooperation between the 2 sides. Nevertheless, relations between India and Armenia return a number of centuries, together with the presence of an Armenian diaspora in India and its contribution to the nation’s progress, he mentioned.
Jaishankar mentioned he and Mirzoyan carried out a complete evaluation of bilateral relations and agreed on a roadmap for future cooperation at numerous ranges. In addition they agreed on strengthening financial and business cooperation, particularly in tourism, hospitality, infrastructure and funding.
Armenia is a member of the Eurasian Financial Union, with which India is at the moment negotiating a commerce settlement. The pact is predicted to spice up commerce relations, he mentioned. The 2 governments may even facilitate extra contacts between commerce our bodies and chambers of the 2 sides, he added.
Jaishankar additionally conveyed India’s gratitude to Armenia for taking care of the welfare of some 3,000 Indian college students in the course of the pandemic and facilitating their return residence. Most of those college students are pursuing medical training.