New Delhi is on the verge of the Line of Control and the sea to stop China. Besides, the Modi government is also eager to reach out to various countries close to India, because China is also reaching out there with huge investment proposals. According to diplomatic experts, two recent high-level meetings with Iran (at the defense and foreign ministry levels) in recent days have highlighted New Delhi’s attitude.
Two days ago, on his way back from Moscow, Defense Minister Rajnath Singh met with the country’s Defense Minister in Tehran. On his way to Moscow yesterday, Foreign Minister S Jayashankar had a luncheon with Iranian Foreign Minister Javed Zarif and a delegation from the ministry. According to the Foreign Ministry, the situation in Afghanistan, the recent instability in the Gulf region, bilateral trade contacts, as well as China’s role in Southeast Asia, have been discussed with the Iranian leadership. India has conveyed to Tehran its concerns about China
What is the reason for India giving so much importance to Iran? India and Iran are at loggerheads over a railway deal linked to the Chabahar project. According to diplomatic experts, the dispute with Iran over the railway project may be on the way. But the multidimensional fears about China’s new friendship with Iran are not easily met. Chinese President Xi Jinping has reached a grand agreement in Tehran. Although there is no official announcement about this, the source claims that the financial value of this 25-year long-term contract is about 40 trillion US dollars. In other words, China will enter Iran’s main petroleum sector, banking, telecom, railways, metro, ports, airports, and other infrastructures. In return, Iran will become one of the connecting points between China and Europe.
In this situation, the diplomatic sources said that they are thinking about how to reorganize the Tehran policy.
At the same time, according to South Bloc sources, it will not be easy for New Delhi to show extra love for Tehran by standing in front of America’s belligerent statue on the Iran issue. But the South bloc is now so desperate over the China question that it has managed to hold two summits in two days.
It would be diplomatic win for India to workout for the sanctions on Iran but fighting won’t yield the benefit either.