Moreover, Delhi has unequivocally stated that Iran should give up its nuclear ambitions. India also did not sign a memorandum in June 2010 between Iran and Pakistan finalising the proposed Iran-Pakistan-India gas pipeline deal. The Indian government needs to convince the US that the answer to Iran’s nuclear defiance does not lie in undermining India’s energy security and its broader regional interests. The US must take cognisance of India’s legitimate equities in Iran and eschew any action that damages India-US relationship.
The room for manoeuvre is limited and India has to play a difficult hand well. It must simultaneously nurture close ties with the US and strengthen relations with Israel, while maintaining valuable ties with Iran in the face of US-led sanctions. If that sounds impossible, well isn’t that what diplomacy is all about?