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Indo-US Relations: The Iran Factor

Authors: Saswati Dash


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Country: India

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Abstract: Abstract
India’s relations with Iran has contributed largely towards shaping the broad contours of India’s West Asia policy. The relationships which India is now sharing with the countries in the region and particularly with Iran have emerged as more mutually beneficial. Earlier India was too ideological towards the region, failing to pay sufficient attention to Indian national interest, particularly in the context of subdued ties with Iran. Currently India is developing its Middle-East policy by taking special care to nurture these relationships and pursue its substantial regional interest. The Indian government welcomed news of the Iran deal. The deal could open up economic and strategic opportunities for India and thus it’s being seen mostly with hope; however, those hopes are tempered by some challenges and uncertainties.
In some ways, India has been preparing for a deal for several months, re-engaging Iran at the highest levels. Since February 2015, the Indian national security advisor, transport minister and foreign secretary have traveled to Iran, and the foreign minister intended to do the same until her meeting was postponed. Most recently, Prime Minister Narendra Modi met with President Hassan Rouhani on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit in Ufa, Russia, in July. He reiterated an invitation for Rouhani to visit India and said he looked forward to visiting Iran as well. After focusing its first year on India’s immediate neighborhood, the Asia-Pacific and the G-7, the Modi government has made clear its intention to “look west” over its second year, including with high-level trips to Central Asia , Israel, Palestine, Jordan, and Turkey. This engagement becomes easier and more crucial for Delhi with the Vienna deal, which has implications for India in the energy, economic and geopolitical spheres.
The strategic map of Iran’s immediate neighborhood will change dramatically following the landmark nuclear deal between Iran and the P5+1. Given the tremendous geostrategic stakes involved, Iran has already begun to explore greater opportunities for economic and security cooperation in the region. India, as well as Iran are trying to maximize their bilateral relationship, which will be beneficial for both the countries.This paper analyses the past and present relationship of both the countries and trying to find out its impact on world politics.

Keywords: Key Words: India’s Look West Policy, Iran, Nuclear Deal, Narendra Modi, Hassan Rouhani

Paper Id: 320

Published On: 2018-09-05

Published In: Volume 6, Issue 5, September-October 2018

Cite This: Indo-US Relations: The Iran Factor - Saswati Dash - IJIRMPS Volume 6, Issue 5, September-October 2018. DOI 10.17605/OSF.IO/U2F3K

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