Landlocked Afghanistan is highly dependent on its neighbor Pakistan for importing and exporting goods. REUTERS/ Parwiz
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U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to pull out of the Iran nuclear accord and reimpose sanctions on Tehran threatens to derail a project to help build Afghanistan's economy, endangering a key goal of the U.S. strategy to end America's longest war. The Indian-backed Chabahar port complex in Iran is being developed as part of a new transportation corridor for landlocked Afghanistan that could potentially open the way for millions of dollars in trade and cut its dependence on Pakistan, its sometimes-hostile neighbor.Building Afghanistan's economy would also slash Kabul's dependence on foreign aid and put a major dent in the illicit opium trade, the Taliban's main revenue source.Bypassing the border with Pakistan, which last year was closed for some 50 days over various disputes, Chabahar is seen as a way for Afghanistan to consolidate its relationships with India and other regional powers.FOREIGN AIDSome 17 years after the U.S.-led invasion to oust the Taliban from power, Afghanistan remains one of the world's poorest countries, highly dependent on foreign aid.In addition, by hindering the development of Chabahar, the U.S. will leave Afghanistan dependent on Pakistan, historically its main trade partner and outlet to the world.
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