India Iran military pact

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  1. Arunpillai

    Arunpillai Regular Member

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    In 2003 there was an article in jane's defence review about a military pact between India and Iran, in which Iran would provide India with military bases and landing facilities in case of a conflict with Pakistan.. Anyone knows what became of it? Does the pact still holds?
     
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    Well I don't the military co-operation between India and Iran was directed against third countries. And the military pact was basically as a result of continuing improving relations and close relationships with Iran after the Islamic revolution. I remember reading a paper published in the 1990s by an a prominnet American author where Moscow-Beijing-New Delhi-Tehran were the new emerging "axis" that will counter the West.

    Coming back to the military pact, there was co-operation in naval particularly submarines. A lot of upgrades on soviet tanks in particular. We even had naval exercises in 2006 when Bush was visiting India and the Af-Pak region.

    However, post 2006, the UPA policy has been to go for a downgrade of relations with Iran. There hasn't been any defence co-operation since then. And I doubt there are any assumptions of basing rights available to India in Iran at the moment.

    Interestingly the period post 2006 also saw improved relations with GCC countries with defence/security co-operation agreements with almost all GCC countries including UAE, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Oman (which are the oldest).

    The perception, atleast in the GCC states in some circles is that there is an emerging China-Pakistan-Iran combine which they want to undermine as much as possible. Particularly seeing the bonhomie between Iran and Pakistan recenly after being so antagonistic with Iran particularly during the 1990s.
     
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    reall astonising discussion was held there.
    And i thing many DFI are there as guest viwer currently.
     
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    the original link is from janes, but doesnt work now. http://www.janes.com/security/international_security/news/fr/fr030129_1_n.shtml

    there was a definite speculation of india having some sort of access to the iranian bases, but since the government has changed, india voted against iran in UN, and there remains the indo-US nuke deal angle.
     
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    yes, that was the link i was talking about..
    Strange to note that this pact never got any publicity in india, pakistan and iran. Neither is this factor given consideration when india pak war scenarios are being played out.. Is this pact still relevant or was it thrown into dustbin?
     
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    Even if we did have some sort of pact with them, it would now be non-existent and even if it does exist, it would be limited only and only to a case where the Sunni Taliban take over Pakistan and pose a threat to Afghanistan and Iran's Shia interests.
     

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