South Asia Monitor: Iran and India Extend their Friendship - January 1, 2005
January 1, 2005
A breakthrough moment in India-Iran relations came on January 26, 2003, when President Mohammed Khatami took the podium as the chief guest at India's Republic Day parade, an honor reserved for New Delhi's most trusted friends. Both countries signed the New Delhi Declaration promising to expand trade. Since then, bilateral relations have progressed gradually, driven by a mutual desire to expand trade links, especially in oil and natural gas, and a common strategic outlook in Afghanistan and Central Asia. There is also limited but growing cooperation in military and security affairs, much to the consternation of Pakistan.
But the more interesting question is India's role in the event the nuclear crisis in Iran reaches some kind of showdown. India's growing ties with Israel and warm relations with the
United States only add to the complication.