cpec: S Jaishankar supports Chabahar for Eurasian Connectivity; Pakistan is rooting for CPEC

India-Pakistan differences over an inclusive Eurasian connectivity route came to the fore at the SCO foreign ministers’ meeting in Tashkent on Friday, with India focusing on Iran’s use of New Delhi-funded Chabahar port and Pakistan on China’s. -Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

Speaking at the meeting, Foreign Minister S Jaishankar stressed that the world is facing energy and food crises due to disruptions related to the Covid-19 pandemic and the Ukraine conflict, and this should be urgently resolved. The required response includes sustainable and diversified supply chains as well as reformed multilateralism, he suggested. Jaishankar, in the presence of his Pakistani counterpart, called for zero tolerance for all manifestations of terrorism.

India has emphasized the use of Chabahar port, while Pakistan has focused on CPEC, the crown jewel of the BRI, which runs through PoK, which violates India’s sovereignty.

ET had reported on Friday that India will highlight the importance of the Chabahar port to the Central Asian states along with Afghanistan for connectivity to the Indian Ocean region. Pakistan is trying to include Afghanistan in CPEC, any CPEC project that India opposes violates the country’s sovereignty.

In the meeting, Jaishankar pointed to India’s support to Afghanistan with vaccines, wheat and medicines. He then welcomed Iran’s entry into the SCO.

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