'India's global strategy in tatters,' says Rahul Gandhi on Iran railway project
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'India's global strategy in tatters,' says Rahul Gandhi on Iran railway project

After Iran announced that it will be going ahead with the Chabahar-Zahedan railway project on its own, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi slammed the Central Government saying India's global strategy is in tatters. "India's global strategy is in tatters. We are losing power and respect everywhere and GOI has no idea what to try to to ," he tweeted. Notably, China and Iran have reached a $400 billion strategic partnership deal. The project aimed to connect Chabahar to Zahedan (the capital city of southeastern Sistan-Baluchestan Province). Hours after Iran announced that it will be going ahead with the Chabahar-Zahedan railway project on its own rather than wait for India, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi lashed out at the Centre saying India’s global strategy is in tatters. Taking to his Twitter, Gandhi said, “India’s global strategy is in tatters. We are losing power and respect everywhere and GOI has no idea what to do.” Earlier, Iran's first vice chairman Es'hagh Jahangiri during a statement had said that the country agreed with withdrawing USD 300 million from the National Development Fund and decided to go solo with the strategically crucial project. According to the Iranian news agency IRNA report, the project, once completed will connect Chabahar with Zahedan and Iran plans to finish the project by the end of March 2022. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, during his visit to Iran in May 2016, had signed the Chabahar agreement with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani. Due to the US sanctions, it was getting difficult for IRCON to find equipment suppliers and partners. India has already cut its dependence on Iranian oil imports due to the US sanctions.

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