The New Reality: India and the Changing Middle East

...Although in the past India felt that a course of action of complete conformity with Arab policies was required in order to assure supplies of Arab oil, its current interests in the Middle East are a far cry from what they were forty years ago. It enjoys prolific relations with both Israel and the Arabs and whilst oil remains India's main economic focus it now has other interests in the region, such as technology and defense, which are necessary for its future development.

India's strategic, economic and development needs, combined with its newly found stature as a global player, mean that India will not agree to a deal for less than what the other major international powers - the U.S., E.U., China and Russia - are getting: A deal that ensures full economic and political ties with both Israel and the Arabs, independent of their relationship with each other.

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