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Updated Sun, 06 Sep 2020 04:06 AM IST
Defense Minister Rajnath Singh reached Tehran
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Defense Minister Rajnath Singh, who is returning after finishing his tour of Russia amidst the ongoing conflict between India and China on the border in eastern Ladakh, has suddenly reached Iran. Rajnath's visit to Iran is considered to be very important due to the nefarious plans of China on the northeast and Pakistan on the western border. Giving this information by tweeting Rajnath Singh himself said, I will meet the Defense Minister of Iran, Brigadier General Aamir Hatami. Rajnath also tried to help the Central Asian countries Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Tajikistan during the Russia tour.
Indeed, the relationship between India and Iran has not been affected despite US pressure. The Modi government has consistently considered Iran an important ally since 2014. A day before this, he had requested the countries of the Persian Gulf to settle their differences by negotiation on the basis of mutual respect. On the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) meeting in Moscow earlier, Rajnath also discussed bilateral relations and defense agreements with the defense ministers of the Central Asian countries Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Tajikistan and has strong trade, economic and cultural ties with these countries. Advocated.
Rajnath Singh tweeted, “There was a wonderful meeting in Moscow with Uzbekistan's Defense Minister Major General Kurbanov Bakhodir Nizmovich. Defense cooperation is an important pillar in bilateral relations between the two countries. In another tweet, he said that there was a meaningful conversation with the Defense Minister of Kazakhstan, Lt. Gen. Nurlan Yermekbayev. We discussed ways to give further momentum to India-Kazakhstan defense cooperation. In another tweet, the Defense Minister said, in a meaningful meeting with the Defense Minister of Tajikistan Colonel General Sherli Mirzo in Moscow, several issues including defense relations were discussed. The eight member countries of the SCO are India, Kazakhstan, China, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. The SCO aims to maintain peace, stability and security in the region. India became a member of this organization in 2017.
China should not take any action that would complicate the situation further
Earlier in the meeting with the Chinese Defense Minister, Rajnath Singh said that the current situation on LAC should be managed responsibly and neither side should take any further action which complicates the situation or increases tension in the border areas. . The Defense Minister said that both sides should continue their discussions on the LAC with diplomatic and military means at the earliest to withdraw the forces completely and eliminate tensions and ensure full restoration of peace and harmony.
Preparations to shock China and Pakistan with Tehran tour
According to sources, this visit of Rajnath is also important because India is developing Chabahar port of Iran in response to Gwadar port of Pakistan. Through this, India will not only protect its strategic but also economic interests. At the same time, China recently signed a billion-dollar deal with Iran. In such a situation, if India convinces Iran against China, it will be considered a big diplomatic victory. With the Chabahar Port becoming operational, India has expanded its business several times from Afghanistan and Iran.
Now India is looking to increase its trade with Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan through this port. Through this, India can also help in reducing the growing trade deficit from Russia due to the purchase of arms. At the same time, Pakistan and Iran also do not have good relations due to being a strong Shia country. In such a situation, India is set to establish new dimensions of trade through Iran. This will also strengthen the Iranian economy under heavy pressure.
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