By Micah HalpernI've Been Thinking:
Several days ago India and Iran signed a groundbreaking set of agreements. 12 sets of agreements in all.
They agreed to fight terror, radicalism, drug trafficking, cyber terror and other societal ills. They agreed to share intelligence and to work together.
The agreements were signed in Teheran by Iranian Prime Minister Rouhani and Indian Prime Minister Modi.
The jewel in the crown of the agreements was that India and Iran will mutually develop Chabahar port. Chabahar is located in the south of Iran outside the Persian Gulf. It is to the West of India and it is very important for them. The Indians are investing $500 million in the port - and it will be a significant conduit for them in the region.
India hopes that this will be the start of "bi" and "tri" level transit. If it all works out, the third party to this part of the agreement will be Afghanistan.
This new deal shows just how eager countries are to get Iran back up and moving forward. This deal with India illustrates how Iran can easily become a major player not just in the region, but also in Asia.
And that is a significant part of Iran's long term goal.
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