India-Iran

Challenges & opportunities

Print edition : March 07, 2014

At Chabahar in Iran, preparations are on to lay the gas pipeline to Pakistan, in 2013. An Iran-India undersea gas pipeline bypassing Pakistan may be considered. Photo: Vahid Salemi/AP

Iranian President Mohammad Khatami greets Prime Minister A.B. Vajpayee in Tehran in 2001. Photo: HASAN SARBAKHSHIAN/AP

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad receives Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at the NAM summit in Tehran in 2012.

Hashemi Rafsanjani, who preceded Ahmadinejad as President. Except during Ayatollah Khomeini’s time, Iran and Saudi Arabia had reasonably good relations. Photo: Ebrahim Noroozi/AP

Hassan Rouhani succeeded Ahmadenijad as Iran's President. Photo: Jason Alden/Bloomberg

Given its interests in the Gulf, India has opted not to get embroiled in GCC-Iran differences. With the thawing of U.S.-Iran relations, it is time India engaged itself with the promotion of Gulf security.
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