Iran denies dropping India from Chabahar-Zahedan rail project, claims 'vested interests behind reports'
Last week, a report had surfaced claiming that the Hassan Rouhani government in Iran decided to exclude India from the construction project of Chabahar-Zahedan railway
Tehran: Iran on Monday denied that it has dropped India from the Chabahar rail project, saying that "vested interests" were behind such reports.
The Indian embassy in Iran stated that Ambassador Gaddam Dharmendra was invited by Saeed Rasouli, Deputy Minister Roads and Head of Iran Railways, to review the ongoing cooperation on Chabahar-Zahedan railway.
Rasouli stated that "vested interests were behind recent reports that Iran excluded India from Chabahar-Zahedan railway project", the embassy said.
"Ambassador Gaddam Dharmendra was today invited by Saeed Rasouli Deputy Minister Roads and Head of Iran Railways to review ongoing cooperation on Chabahar-Zahedan railway. Rasouli stated that vested interests were behind recent reports that Iran excluded India from Chabahar-Zahedan railway," Indian embassy in Iran said in a tweet.
Last week, a report had surfaced claiming that the Hassan Rouhani-led government in Iran decided to exclude India from the construction project of Zahedan.
India had signed an agreement with Iran to construct a rail line from Chabahar port to Zahedan, along the border with Afghanistan.
The parties consider long-term peace and stability in Afghanistan critical to regional connectivity and agree that peace and regional connectivity are mutually reinforcing, the State Department said on Friday
It is being suggested that India has reached a fork in the road in Afghanistan and must either sup with the Taliban or pack its bags and leave
Representatives of the Afghan government and Taliban insurgents met in Doha for talks Saturday as violence raged in their country with foreign forces almost entirely withdrawn