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Indo-Iranian Cooperation in Afghanistan Faces Challenges

By Aryaman Bhatnagar May 23 – India has reaffirmed its willingness to develop Iran’s Port of Chabahar during the seventeenth meeting of the India-Iran Joint Commission in Tehran. With an initial investment pledge of some $100 million, the move further strengthens the emerging partnership between the two countries in Afghanistan. The Chabahar port is critical to India’s Afghanistan policy. In the absence of direct physical access to the country and a hostile Pakistan denying Indian goods transit, the Iranian harbor is the most viable access point India has to Afghanistan and the rest of Central Asia. India has already signed … Continue reading

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India Sends Message to Washington from Tehran

By Abhijit Iyer-Mitra Sept. 1 – The Nonaligned Movement has historically been seen as something of a talk fest—high on statements, missing in action and lacking in cohesion. This week’s summit in Tehran, while mostly living up to the stereotype, was nevertheless important because of what was not said. Of the 120 member states, only twenty-nine sent their heads of government to Iran. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad chose a reasonably befuddled topic as the theme of the summit—”Lasting peace through joint global governance”—as if either of those will ever materialize. But in spite of one expensive exercise in whispering sweet nothings, … Continue reading

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U.S. Exempts China from Iran Sanctions

The United States exempted both China from its sanctions targeting Iran’s oil exports on Thursday, just hours before the deadline. While explaining its decision, the U.S. State Department stated that China had significantly reduced its imports of Iranian crude, and thus like 19 other countries, deserved to be exempted from the rigors of the sanctions.

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Iranian Energy: A Geopolitical Challenge for China and India

There have been two large obstacles that have disrupted Western efforts to reprimand Iran: China and India. They are not only the largest importers of Iranian energy, but also oppose unilateral sanctions. If China and India continue to provide Iran steady revenue through their purchase of energy, they will effectively be acting to prop up the regime, and fund its nuclear program.

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U.S. Exempts India from Iran Sanctions, but not China

Jun. 12 – The United States has exempted India and six other countries from sanctions after they significantly reduced their imports of Iranian oil. China, however, has been excluded from this exemption as the U.S. Obama Administration believes that the country has not taken substantial action to reduce its imports of Iranian oil. The U.S. is continuing its negotiations with China – Iran’s primary importer of oil. Under the U.S. sanctions, foreign financial institutions that are doing business with Iran’s central bank to purchase energy resources will be barred from U.S. financial markets. Exemptions on this sanction were given to … Continue reading

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China, India and Japan to Reduce Iranian Oil Imports

China, India and Japan – three of Asia’s largest oil consuming nations – are planning to reduce imports of crude oil from Iran by at least 10 percent in response to mounting pressure from the United States and its Western allies to impose sanctions on the Middle Eastern state. The three countries together purchase nearly half of Iran’s crude oil exports.

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