Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Why India should continue engaging Iran?

Both the summit and its host have historically been important for India. Keeping up with that importance, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh embarked on a four-day trip to Iran on Tuesday to attend the 16th summit of the 120-member non-aligned movement (NAM). The gathering at the Iranian capital assumes greater significance because it is happening at a time when Iran is being isolated by western countries, led by the US, for its controversial nuclear programme. The West has recently imposed a slew of sanctions on the Islamic Republic aimed at scuttling its nuclear programme, which, they say, is attempting to build bomb. On the contrary, Iran has long maintained that the programme is for peaceful civilian purposes.

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