A month after visiting Saudi Arabia, Prime Minister Modi will visit Iran on 22 May. India's careful balancing of relations with competing parties in West Asia has let it remain a friend to all. But to play a role commensurate with its global vision, India must work on becoming more than a friend and instead be an indispensable partner to countries in the region.
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The newly-elected Indian government must address the issues that plague the millions of migrant workers in Gulf States’ construction projects and work towards to protect the rights of blue collar employees
The P5+1 nuclear deal is an opportunity to peacefully resolve the long standing dispute over Iran’s nuclear energy program. For years, Iran and Western powers have left negotiating tables in disagreement, frustration and open animosity. A tone that has changed after Hassan Rouhani was elected as president of Iran last year.
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