India’s diplomatic debacle

India’s diplomatic debacle

The relations between Iran and India used to be cordial, particularly in the domains of economy and trade, which remained by and large uninterrupted even in the era of international sanctions on Iran before the signing of nuclear deal in 2015. Bilateral trade was done through open ended exchange policy of free convertibility of the national currencies. But from the last one year the relations have become cool.

Early this year, Iran first ousted India from the contract of Chabahar sea port development project, which was a part of trade corridor for Central Asia through Afghan. The agreement was signed in May, 2016. And now it has been kicked out from the Faraz-B gas field development project. The gas field was discovered by a consortium of three Indian companies, ONGC, Oil India Limited and Indian Oil Corporation in 2008 in in Farsi Offshore block of the Persian Gulf.

The pro-US policy of India and its flourishing relations with Israel may have irked Iranian leadership that India may discretely adopt hit below the belt policy against Iran at the behest of US and Israel. Spy agency Mossad has recently visited the capitals of these Gulf States.  The establishment of nexus between RAW and Mossad in the region cannot be ruled out, if India is allowed to get well entrenched in the Persian Gulf. The decision of kicking out India reflects the sagacity of Iranian leadership.

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