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Fiji, India held talks regarding MoU signed between them

The Attorney General, Minister for Public Service, Finance, Public Enterprises, Civil Aviation and Information of Fiji, Mr. Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum meeting the Union Minister for Civil Aviation, Shri Ashok Gajapathi Raju Pusapati, in New Delhi on February 16, 2016. Photo: PIB

New Delhi: Further discussions have been held regarding the already signed Memorandum of Understanding between Fiji and India, which will form the basis of the new Air Services Agreement between the two countries.

Attorney General and Minister for Civil Aviation, Aiyaz Sayed‑Khaiyum had a meeting with the Indian Minister for Civil Aviation Shri P Ashok Gajapathi Raju yesterday.

They also discussed the need to explore new avenues to further strengthen India’s engagement with the whole Pacific region.

Sayed-Khaiyum informed the Minister that from April, there will be direct flight routes from Fiji to Singapore.

He says the shorter travel time together with visa on arrivals for Indians presents an opportunity for more trade and investment for both countries and also for the region, through his country.

The Attorney General also thanked the Indian Government for its assistance towards Fiji’s progress over the years.

Sayed-Khaiyum says it is evident that Fiji has very close ties with India and this has been strengthened by the visit of the Indian Prime Minister to the country in 2014. (Source:

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Iran invites Pakistan to join Chabahar project with India

India, Iran and Afghanistan signed a trilateral agreement in 2016

Chabahar Port is of great international significance in terms of trade, especially for India. Wikimedia Commons
Chabahar Port is of great international significance in terms of trade, especially for India. Wikimedia Commons
  • Iran has invited Pakistan to join Chabahar port project
  • It is a very crucial port of great importance
  • India, Iran and Afghanistan have already signed a trilateral agreement in 2016

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif has invited Pakistan to participate in the Chabahar Port project that connects India to Afghanistan, Central Asia and Eastern Europe, a leading Pakistani daily reported on Tuesday.

Chabahar Port is built and operated by India. Wikimedia Commons

The move may be seen as Zarif’s bid to allay concerns here over the Indian involvement in the Iranian port, Dawn online reported. The Iranian minister also, meanwhile, extended the invitation to China.

“We offered to participate in the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). We have also offered Pakistan and China to participate in Chahbahar,” Zarif, who is on a three-day visit to Pakistan, said while delivering a lecture at the Institute of Strategic Studies Islamabad (ISSI) on Monday, according to the daily.

India, Iran and Afghanistan signed a trilateral agreement in 2016 to jointly develop the Chabahar port, opening a new strategic transit route between the three nations and other Central Asian nations, bypassing Pakistan. In November 2017, India delievered the first consignment of wheat to Afghanistan through the Chabahar Port.

Also Read: All You Need To Know About India’s Strategic Chabahar Port

Zarif had earlier held bilateral talks with his Pakistani counterpart Khawaja Asif and addressed a trade conference. The visiting Foreign Minister is being accompanied by a large trade delegation from Iran.

He also said that Gwadar Port and Chabahar Port needed to be linked through sea and land routes for development of deprived Eastern and South-eastern Iran and South Western Pakistan. “We are taking measures to do that and there is an open invitation to Pakistan to participate in that,” Zarif said.

Chabahar Port will make India's trade with Afghanistan easier. Wikimedia Commons
Chabahar Port will make India’s trade with Afghanistan easier. Wikimedia Commons

He also said that the Chabahar port project was not meant to “encircle Pakistan … strangulate anybody”, adding that Iran would not allow anybody to hurt Pakistan from its territory, much like Pakistan would not allow its soil to be used against Iran.

Zarif likened Iran’s relations with India to Pakistan’s ties with Saudi Arabia. “Our relations with India, just like Pakistan’s relations with Saudi Arabia, are not against Islamabad as we understand Pakistan’s relations with Saudi Arabia are not against Iran.” IANS

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