As Iran looks to the East, India must not lose sight of it


As Iran looks to the East, India must not lose sight of it

Ever since US President Donald Trump withdrew from the multilateral nuclear agreement with Iran, Iran’s Supreme leader Ayatollah Khamenei, who is responsible for setting the directions of the nation’s security and foreign policy, has repeatedly advised the government against relying on European powers to salvage the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

Earlier this year, asking the Iranian government to avoid dependence on foreign countries, the leader argued that ‘in foreign policy, top priorities for us, today, include preferring the East to the West, preferring the neighbouring countries to the far reached locations, preferring nations and countries that share in our goals.’

Iran’s ‘Look to the East’ policy seeks to reconcile pragmatic ends as well as ideological goals of the country. It allows Iran to benefit from its integration into the world economy, while avoiding dependence on the West. Read more

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