The killing of Iranian Gen. Qasem Soleimani has once again put a question mark on completion and operationalization of strategic Chabahar port, located in the Sistan-Baluchistan province on Iran’s southeastern coast.
Just a fortnight ago, India had achieved a breakthrough by securing a written assurance from the U.S. to exempt this Iranian port from sanctions. India is developing this port to secure connectivity to Afghanistan and Central Asia, bypassing Pakistan.
On Jan. 3, Soleimani, head of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ (IRGC) Quds Force, was killed in a drone strike when he was leaving Baghdad International Airport. The U.S.