India-Iran’s connectivity has been increased because of Afghanistan’s fast-changing situation. Allowing purchasing of crude oil from Iran is also being considered.
India has given a clear signal on relations with Iran in view of the changed situation after the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan and the potential threat to its strategic interests. External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar had a lengthy telephone conversation with his Iranian counterpart Jawad Zarif on Wednesday. The talks mainly focused on strengthening the situation in Afghanistan and bilateral relations.
This is the second talk between the two leaders in the last fortnight. More importantly, the talks come when US Secretary of State Antony Blinken visits India next week.
Afghanistan situation results in positive change for Indo-Iranian relations:
Everyone knows that US sanctions changed India’s attitude and policies towards its relations with Iran in the past three years. But now, geopolitical analysts say the Central government is also considering allowing its oil companies to buy crude oil from Iran. Iran’s role has become crucial in the current environment because of the intensifying Taliban attacks in Afghanistan. Iran is in constant touch with a large section of the Taliban and is also holding peace meetings between the Afghan government and the Taliban at its level.
Taliban upsets both India and Iran:
Most importantly, India and Iran have been opposing Pakistan-funded Taliban terror historically. Just as India fears that Taliban rule could create problems in Kashmir, so does Iran. Pakistan-sponsored Taliban militants have harassed Iran in the past. Iran also understands the importance of India in this situation. External Affairs Minister Jaishankar arrived in Iran two weeks ago in the middle of his visit to Russia and met the newly appointed President Ibrahim Raisi. This was The first meeting of Iran’s newly appointed Minister of External Affairs with any other foreign minister.