Ties with Iran are our sovereign prerogative

Ties with Iran are our sovereign prerogative

A one-dimensional view of the controversy over the future of India-Iran energy cooperation creates misconceptions. The narrative is that Washington has posed an existential choice.

– ‘Cut import of Iranian oil, or else…’ The intemperate remarks the US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley while on a recent visit to Delhi led to this narrative.   However, diplomacy can be deceptive in appearance. Tehran disclosed last week that President Trump himself made not less than eight attempts to establish contact with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.

Presumably, Trump is eager to commence a conversation to resolve the differences between the two countries. Rouhani didn’t oblige. Iran’s stance is that the US cannot be trusted as an interlocutor.  Read More

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