18 July, 2020
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India – Iran recent ties and China
GS-Paper-2 International relation (Mains-I.V)
Recently, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has confirmed that India is no longer involved in the Farzad-B gas field project of Iran. Further, it said that India has not received any response from Iran since December 2019 on the future of the Chabahar-Zahedan railway project as well.
It cited policy changes by the Iranian government, Iran’s uncertain finances, and the USA sanctions situation as the reasons behind the decisions on Indian infrastructure projects in Iran.
Farzad-B Gas Field:
Chabahar-Zahedan Railway Project:
In the ‘New Delhi Declaration’ signed in 2003, both countries had decided to jointly develop the Chabahar Port complex.
Concerns for India
India needs to play a balancing act between the USA and Iran. Further, India needs to closely watch the space created by its exit. In a world where connectivity is seen as the new currency, India’s loss on account of these projects can become gain for some other country, especially China.
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