SRINAGAR: India’s engagement with the Middle East via Arab League has taken new shape. As India prepares to host a two-day meeting with officials and foreign ministers of the Arab League scheduled from January 31, energy and strategic interests will surely mark the talks, alongside regional, security and global issues.
According to the report of eurasiantimes the Arab League is not worried about India’s growing relationship with Israel. But it’s New Delhi’s relations with Iran that worries many nations in the league. India has realized the strategic potential of Iran much earlier than its actual pivot to West Asia.
India sees Chabahar critical for reaching Afghanistan and Central Asia. Moreover, compared to other Muslim-majority countries in West Asia, Iran has taken a more nuanced position towards Kashmir. “In 1994, Iran blocked a consensus on a resolution on Kashmir, pushed by the Organization of Islamic Countries, in the UN Commission on Human Rights.” But, now, most of the members of the Arab League understand and acknowledge that Kashmir is India’s ‘internal matter’.
eurasiantimes reported that upcoming meeting is expected to strengthen India’s position on Kashmir issue as several Arab League states have opposed any strong move on it that goes against India.