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Not just a gas station: India's broader interests in the Middle East

July 1, 2015, Sultan Barakat and Kadira Pethiyagoda

India and Middle Eastern states—particularly in the Gulf—have long enjoyed strategic and mutually beneficial relationships driven by flows of energy and migrant labor. India’s “hands-off” approach—secured by Washington’s commitment to ensuring the free flow of oil worldwide—has suited India’s traditional non-aligned and non-interference foreign policy, which in turn boost its reputation in the Middle East. Yet major changes in global, regional, and even internal Middle Eastern politics call for a new interpretation of the strategic importance of the Middle East to India and vice versa.

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