Monday, May 23, 2016

Open Sesame in Tehran

Open Sesame in Tehran: "India today inked a slew of pacts with Iran and Afghanistan that could give New Delhi unprecedented access to these countries, Central Asia, Russia and Eastern Europe through a network of ports, rail lines and roads.

But it took a personal commitment on "early implementation" and a Persian Ghalib couplet from Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the stern Iranian President Hassan Rouhani to break into a smile after the two-hour-long negotiations.

The pacts, which revolve around the use of the southeastern Iran port of Chabahar as New Delhi's gateway into regions previously hard to reach, represent India's most ambitious overseas infrastructure initiative ever."


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