The war in Ukraine and subsequent sanctions against Russia by the US-led West have plunged the latter into an economic crisis marked by a severe energy shortage, raising fears of a dark and cold winter.
With allies and friends having failed to overcome the deficits caused by the war, the West is now scrambling to revive the nuclear deal (JCPOA) with Iran, which President Donald Trump dumped.
The West urgently needs Iranian oil for its economic sustenance. In such a situation, a confident Iran, too aware of its assets, sees itself emerging as a power capable, in partnership with Russia and China, of driving regional cooperation in the East. It is in this context that Ali Akbar Velayati, senior adviser to Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei, described Iran, Russia and China as the three major independent powers in Asia to US and Western expansionism.
This is an important development for India given the anticipated power shifts in the prevailing global order. Especially since India finds a positive mention in the interview in which Velayati spoke about Iran, China and Russia resisting the United States and the West. Velayati’s interview was originally given to the Ayatollah’s website, khamenei.ir.
Velayati’s wide-ranging interview is sure to interest sections of the Indian establishment who saw him as a friend in need who turned out to be a true friend. In 1994, when India under Prime Minister PV Narasimha Rao was threatened with disgrace by UN sanctions, based on an OIC resolution at the Human Rights Commission of the UN, for rights violations in Jammu and Kashmir, it was Iran that came to the rescue of the Indian government.
Velayati, Iran’s longest-serving foreign minister (1981 to 1997), was the interlocutor who set aside all protocol to arrange an unscheduled supernatural hour-long meeting in Tehran for Rao’s special envoy with the president. Hashmi Rafsanjani and Majlis President Nateq Nouri. Sick envoy Dinesh Singh, who had been dragged out of AIIMS in the middle of the night, returned on the special plane with President Rafsanjani’s assurances to Prime Minister Rao “that Iran will do whatever it takes.” ‘he can to make sure that no harm comes’. in India”.
Thus, the OIC’s decision to table the resolution was killed, thanks to Velayati. Will he succeed in changing the game again, this time in the new big game unfolding now?
The author is editorial consultant, WION TV.
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