Best strategy for India will be to continue to engage Iran on both fronts. Simultaneously, keep seeking concessions from USA for oil trade and Chabahar Port. India could be a more acceptable link between Iran and USA. Any overtures to Iran cannot be at the cost of India’s relations with Saudi Arabia and UAE links to which are even more important currently. In next two decades, the emergence of alternative energy sources will reduce the importance of oil. West Asia will still remain an important trade route to Europe and Central Asia. ‘Wait and Watch’ will be the best policy for India.
Author: Air Mshl Anil Chopra (retd)
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