India-Iran relations during NDA-2 (From 2014 to present)
Sajad Ahmad Mir, Dr. Ashwini Sharma
India and Iran have interactions with each other since time immemorial. Iran is a major partner for India in its energy security. This has been a recurring theme during the past decade. It was no surprise that the Tehran Declaration flagged this up, the geographical situation of Iran and its abundant energy resources along with the rapidly expanding Indian economy and energy market create a unique complementarity which the sides agree to harness for mutual benefit. Both parties have strong motives for courting the other. Iran sees India as a strong partner that will help Tehran to avoid strategic isolation and helping it to break out of the anti-Iranian pincer allegedly created by the United States in the region. For India, the establishment of a strong relationship with Iran is a part of the wider effort to pursue Indian interests pragmatically and patiently with all significant states and especially with those in India’s neighborhood, facilitating its pursuit of Indian national interests in Afghanistan and more broadly in Central Asia.