India, Afghanis, Iran finalize draft on Chahbahar (in Iranian occupied Balochistan)
After several years of merely talking about the project, the three countries met on the sidelines of the non-aligned summit in Teheran in August 2012 to establish a joint working group on Chahbahar port.
Chahbahar holds huge promise for all three countries in terms of connectivity and opening up of a trade route from Central Asia, independent of Pakistan.
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will be travelling to Iran for a meeting of the joint commission in the coming weekend. India and Iran are also likely to finalize the agreement for an equity stake by India in the Farzad B gas-fields in Iran.
'US had proposed to monitor Indian missions in Afghanistan'
The US in 2005 proposed to jointly monitor Indian consulates in Afghanistan's Kandahar and Jalalabad to address concerns of then Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf that India was using them to destabilise his country, according to former US Ambassador to Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad's new book `The Envoy: From Kabul to White House'. Khalilzad does not write if the proposal was actually put into practice.