STRATEGIC ANALYSIS

Importance of PM Modi’s Visit to Iran: Opportunities and Challenges for India

Dr. M. Mahtab Alam Rizvi is Associate Fellow at Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi. Click here for detailed profile.
Ashok K. Behuria is Senior Fellow at Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi. Click here for detailed profile.
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  • September 2016
    Volume: 
    40
    Issue: 
    5
    Commentaries

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Iran is important in many ways. It came at a time when India is seriously contemplating activation of its ‘Look West’ policy and banking on Iran as a ‘gateway’ and provider of a corridor to Central Asia and Afghanistan. The visit sought to revitalise India–Iran bilateral relations which has passed through an uncertain phase during the last decade.

    PM Modi visited Iran on May 22–23, 2016—the first official visit by any Indian prime minister to Tehran in the last 15 years. The last PM to pay an official visit to Iran was Atal Behari Vajpayee in 2001, who led the previous National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government (1999–2004). Former PM Manmohan Singh did visit Tehran briefly in 2012 to participate in the Sixteenth NAM (Non-Aligned Movement) Summit, but it did not generate much news.

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