Armenia and India are going to enhance mutual connectivity through Iran’s Chabahar port in the coming days. This announcement can give a big boost to India’s presence and trade in Central Asian countries. Indian Foreign Minister S Jaishankar, who arrived in Armenia’s capital Yerevan on Wednesday, met Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan and Foreign Minister Ararat Mirzoyan. During this, he proposed to include the strategic Chabahar port in Iran in the North-South Transport Corridor. The two leaders also held talks on bilateral relations, trade, Afghanistan and many other issues.
Azerbaijan may feel chilly
India’s friendship with Armenia may make Azerbaijan chilly. In September last year, Armenia and Azerbaijan fought a month-long war over Nagorno-Karabakh. In this war, Pakistan and Turkey openly supported Azerbaijan. This is the reason why Azerbaijan openly supports Pakistan on the Kashmir issue. At the same time, Armenia has always been supporting India on Kashmir. Azerbaijan’s relations with Iran are also strained, while Armenia has always been a friend of Tehran.
India will increase friendship through Chabahar
India wants to trade in Central Asian and European countries through Iran’s Chabahar Port. This is the reason why India has continued to develop this port despite the US sanctions on Iran. India cannot reach the Middle-East countries by road even if it wants to because of the Taliban government of Pakistan and Afghanistan. In such a situation, doing business by road and rail via Chabahar is a more easy and effective way.
Jaishankar reached the famous heritage sites of Armenia
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, who arrived in Armenia, visited the famous heritage sites of the country. Referring to the deep historical relations between Armenia and India, he said that Ajanta is also present here in Armenia. He tweeted that the Armenia-India relationship is reflected in the Matenadaran library in Yerevan.
Historical Relations of India and Armenia
The first Armenian newspaper and constitution which was published in Madras (Chennai). He has also posted photographs of 18th century documents. The Matenadaran Library was established in 1959 and is one of the world’s largest repositories of ancient manuscripts.
Jaishankar becomes first Indian foreign minister to visit Armenia
Jaishankar is the first Indian Foreign Minister to visit Armenia. He also later visited the National Gallery of Armenia. Jaishankar tweeted that Ajanta in Armenia. Cave paintings by renowned Armenian artist Sarkis Khachaturian at the National Gallery of Armenia in Yerevan. Also a copy of Mahabharata in Sanskrit in Matenadaran library.
Joint statement issued by both the countries
Jaishankar reached Armenia on Tuesday on the last leg of his three-nation tour of Central Asia. His visit is aimed at taking bilateral ties further and discussing key regional issues, including developments in Afghanistan. Earlier, in a joint press statement with his Armenian counterpart Ararat Mirzoyan, Jaishankar said that in fact the relations between the two countries go back many centuries and India has rich Armenian heritage with presence of Armenian diaspora and churches, educational institutions.