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India’s Marathon Diplomacy With Iran: Why is India cozying up to Iran?

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Publication date10/08/2021
PublisherThe Diplomat
Medium of outputOnline
<mark>Original language</mark>English


Between early July and early August, India’s External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar made two official visits to Iran. The first, on July 7, was to pay respects to the then President-elect Ebrahim Raisi. Jaishankar turned up again in Tehran for Raisi’s swearing in on August 6. The question that arises here is a simple one: Why is India cozying up to Iran when the latter is still under U.N. and U.S. sanctions and considered something of a pariah by many Western powers?