Hillary Clinton visited Delhi to convince India on Iran

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Hillary Clinton visited Delhi to convince India on Iran

WASHINGTON: When Hillary Clinton, the then US Secretary of States, suddenly made a short visit to India in May 2012, it was thought as her farewell trip to New Delhi as the top American diplomat.

But in her book 'Hard Choices' that hit the stores today, Clinton discloses that her visit to India was with the sole purpose of convincing New Delhi to reduce its dependence on Iranian oil, which was successful by the end of her trip.

Clinton writes that she decided to visit India to personally convince the Indian leadership on this issue as it was the only major country which was not willing to follow the American line.

India, she writes, initially publicly refused Western entreaties to reduce its reliance on Iranian oil.

"In our private conversations Indian leaders agreed that peace in the Middle East was important and were acutely aware that six million Indians lived and worked in the Gulf and could be vulnerable to political or economic instability," the 66-year-old leader writes.

"At the same time, though, India's fast-growing economy depended on a steady supply of energy, and they worried that their energy needs were so great that there was no viable way to meet them without Iranian oil," she says.

"Left unsaid was another reason for their reluctance: India, which had championed the 'nonaligned movement' during the Cold War and still prized its 'strategic autonomy', simply hated to be told what to do. The more loudly we urged them to change course, the more likely they were to dig in their heels," she notes.

"In May 2012, I visited New Delhi to make the case in person," Clinton says in her book.

"I argued that maintaining a unified international front was the best way to persuade Iran to return to the negotiating table, achieve a diplomatic solution to the impasse, and avoid a destabilizing military conflict. I outlined the advantages of a diversified energy supply and talked about potential alternatives to Iran available on the market," she says.

"I also assured the Indians that, if they took positive steps, we would make clear that it was their decision, however they chose to characterize it. All we cared about was the end result, not beating our chest. That seemed to make a difference," Clinton writes stating that India finally agreed.

"In the end our efforts led to every major Iranian customer, even the most reluctant, agreeing to reduce their purchases of Iran's oil," Clinton says.

Iran was India's second-biggest crude oil supplier after Saudi Arabia, meeting about 12 per cent of the country's needs till 2012. But India reduced its dependence on Iranian oil in the wake of US and European sanctions on the import of oil from the Islamic Republic.
Source: Hillary Clinton visited Delhi to convince India on Iran - The Times of India

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So, this is what she writes in her book. Was her effort successful? Or is she trying gain credit as she covets the President's chair?
 

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iran is strategically important ally , to support afghanistan as well as to counter pakistan as pakis and iran have problem right now in their friendship
 

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Did you watch June22,2014 Hillary Interview by NDTV's Burka Dutt ? Jew.larry ..oops...Hillary wants Indians to forget the past....so that they can be manipulated and fooled again and again....She said all the right things to please the Indian ears...BUT....IS SHE SINCERE ? Something to watch very very carefully. She represents interests of only one people..and smart people know who those chosen people are.
 

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Did you watch June22,2014 Hillary Interview by NDTV's Burka Dutt ? Jew.larry ..oops...Hillary wants Indians to forget the past....so that they can be manipulated and fooled again and again....She said all the right things to please the Indian ears...BUT....IS SHE SINCERE ? Something to watch very very carefully. She represents interests of only one people..and smart people know who those chosen people are.
Never trust Hillary. As a matter of fact, I would be pleased if Hillary becomes the President, and consequently, India puts this "strategic - bla bla bla" on the back-burner.

Whatever happened to this anti-Iran rhetoric, now that the Sunni fundamentalist ISIS is taking over Iraq? How long with the US continue to bleat about "evil" Iran, while remain silent about the real evil, its buddy Saudi Arabia?
 

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The Islamic terrorist cancer is spreading and engulfing the strongest ally, Pakistan...Jew..llary is talking some sense....An imploding Paki can no longer serve the purpose. So, should you forget quickly..the attack on Indian Rupee by speculators based in Dubai...the threats not to buy oil from Iran and so on...What about India's interests? Is it all about their interests? Life is give and take....not one way traffic...
All along propping up Paki...instigating Kashmiris against India ...and now, you say...forget the past because it suits your interests....People who forget past are doomed to repeat the mistakes of past.
Yes, Islamic terrorism is a cancer and is spreading...but...India did not do a thing to cause this cancer....India always tried to contain this fatal disease.
Paki implosion and going back to 18th century tribalism is not India's fault...You tried to corner and threaten a democratic, peace-loving India and forced it to be stronger militarily ....now, you want Indians to conveniently forget all the wrongs done to them... in spite of being the law abiding, good guys.
Islamic terror cancer can only be cured if all major nations are taken into confidence and by coordinating a global front involving all nations and not just a chosen few. India has been as big a victim of terrorism as any other country and has no interest in promoting this poisonous ideology.
 

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