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Iran won't take aggressive posture against India: Ex-Diplomat

Press Trust of India  |  Hyderabad 

A senior Iranian diplomat's statement that will stand to lose "special privileges" if it cuts import of Iranian is "posturing" and there is no need to take it too seriously, according to a former Indian to a Gulf nation.

Iran's Deputy and Charge d'Affaires had said in yesterday that will end the privileges being provided to if it tries to source from countries like Saudi Arabia, Russia, and the US to offset cuts in Iranian

"This is posturing," former Indian to Saudi Arabia, and the UAE, told

"I would rather not take it seriously. This is not a decision which a can take. These are very high level decisions. I do not believe any country is going to take an aggressive posture".

Terming them as a "kind of loose remarks", he said diplomatic effort is usually done discreetly and with moderation. All interactions between nations are based on mutual interest, and all agreements that are made with each other are also for mutual interest.

"Therefore, I think it's not any unique privileges that have been given to It's an inducement to to participate in a major project (Chabahar port). I think that will continue."

On the Iranian criticising India for "not fulfilling its promise" of making investments in expansion of the strategically important Chabahar port, Ahmad said his own impression is that government of India is totally committed to Chabahar and connectivity projects.

Based on various remarks made by several diplomats, and their understanding of US policies, he said Chabahar is likely to be excluded from sanctions regime of the US.

"...which means there is no constraint upon India continuing to invest in Chabahar and connectivity projects to Afghanistan, and to which we are committed", Ahmad said.

"So, if there is any slowness or delay with regard to investment, it may be purely of bureaucratic character rather than a principled foreign policy position. So, I am confident about Chabahar going forward because it's in our crucial national interest," he added.

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First Published: Wed, July 11 2018. 17:25 IST