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Now that the P5+1 countries have struck an interim nuclear deal with Iran which has temporarily eased off sanctions against it, India feels relieved from the frustrated pressure of Western sanctions that had disabled India and Iran to enhance their indispensable bilateral relations. They have already begun talks to enhance ties in trade, particularly in the energy sector. Indeed, blooming bilateral ties between India and Iran can be a highly strategic game-changer not only for the region, but also for the broader strategic calculations with respect to US, Pakistan and Afghanistan’s future.
India and Iran have shared historic ties for centuries, which make them natural friends. It started with the migration of Parsis to the India, following the Islamist invasion of Persia, modern day Iran.
Thereafter, the Parsi community in India became one of the largest minority groups in India and this commonality enhanced further ties between the two nations.
India also houses the second largest number of Shia Muslims, second only after Iran.
Through centuries, their ties have been nurtured through cultural similarities, widespread trade in goods like spices and handicrafts, and people-to-people conta
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