India’s Merchant Marine Minister on official tour of UAE and Iran

India’s Minister of Shipping and Waterways, Sarbananda Sonowal, started an official visit to Iran and the United Arab Emirates from Thursday, August 18.

During his visit, Sonowal will visit the Shahid Beheshti port of Chabahar, Iran and the United Arab Emirates, including the port of Jebel Ali.

Chabahar Port is the country’s first overseas port project. The development of the Chabahar port project is a prestigious project of national importance.

Due to the pandemic, there have been fewer visits from India to Iran and vice versa. This ministerial visit will strengthen maritime ties and relations between the two nations.

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This visit will also highlight the importance of Chabahar as a gateway for Indian trade with Europe, Russia and CIS countries.

The Minister will participate in bilateral meetings with the Ministers of Roads and Urban Development and Health and Medical Education of the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

During this visit, it is also proposed to sign a Memorandum of Understanding regarding Mutual Recognition of Seafarers’ Competency Certificates for Unlimited Voyages between the Government of India and the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran .

The minister will also meet the ambassadors of the CIS countries based in Tehran.

Sonowal will also visit the port of Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates, and meet with stakeholders from the shipping, maritime and logistics industry during the visit. Roundtable meetings with heads of shipping/freight companies in the UAE will also be present.

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