First Vice President Eshaq Jahangiri ordered administrative agencies to enhance ties with Indian Ocean littoral states on Saturday May 28.
“The executive agencies should put the promotion of economic cooperation with Indian Ocean littoral states on their agenda,” Jahangiri said. “We should sign cooperation agreements with the countries in the region.”
He said that by linking the Indian Ocean to the Gulf of Oman, we can provide the Makran region with a golden opportunity for development.
The Makran region is a semi-desert coastal strip in Pakistan and Iran, along the coast of the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman.
Referring to estimates about the rise of the East and decline of the West in terms of economics, he said that despite the opposition of a few regional countries regarding furthering ties with Tehran and other littoral states of the Indian Ocean, Iran should go on with expanding its relations with regional countries, including India.
The Vice President highlighted the first Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) Free Trade Zone Authorities meeting held recently in the Iranian port city of Chabahar, and expressed his hope that the Chabahar agreement inked between Tehran, Kabul and New Delhi will help expand trade between Iran and regional states.
He urged all the governmental agencies to develop Chabahar’s infrastructure, including the region’s railroads.