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India and Iran can make huge strides in furthering their bilateral relations beyond the Chabahar port. Comment.

Topic: Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests. Effect of policies and politics of developed and developing countries on India’s interests, Indian diaspora.

1. India and Iran can make huge strides in furthering their bilateral relations beyond the Chabahar port. Comment. (250 words)

Economic Times

Why this question:

The question is in the backdrop of meeting of the 19th India-Iran joint commission.

Key demand of the question:

One must explain the possible arenas where in India and Iran can explore and expand their bilateral relations.

Directive:

Comment– here we have to express our knowledge and understanding of the issue and form an overall opinion thereupon.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction:

In first explain the context of Chabahar port.

Body:

Briefly discuss the context and background of the question – Iran had expressed that it was disappointed that India had stopped all oil imports from Iran following the sanctions by the United States. Iran’s Ambassador Ali Chegeni had earlier suggested that India’s adherence to U.S. sanctions was also affecting Chabahar port development plans. Recently, a senior U.S. official made it clear that it would continue its “narrow exemption” to India to develop the Chabahar port, recognizing its role as “as a lifeline to Afghanistan in terms for India to be able to export humanitarian supplies and potentially helping Afghanistan diversify its export opportunities.” Subsequently, diplomats from India, Iran and Afghanistan met in Delhi and discussed several new initiatives for the trilateral project at Chabahar.

Then discuss the areas that the two countries can indulge into; comment upon the significance of the historical relations between the two.

Conclusion:

Conclude with way forward.