Indian Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai has been working overtime in Washington to polish his nation’s image, as well as defend and smooth over his country’s oil contracts with Iran. Writes the NY Times:
India’s determination to continue buying Iranian oil, despite sanctions and growing political pressure from the United States and Europe, has frustrated officials in Washington. . . .Even so, India’s current leaders remain committed to ever-strengthening ties with the United States. In a speech on Monday in Washington, Mr. Mathai spoke of the great potential of the two nations’ partnership, if also the complexities embedded into it.
It’s almost as if Washington still counted for something, what with prominent public officials touring the capital and attempting to justify their countries’ policies. One week, India’s Foreign Secretary; the next, China’s Vice President. One might get the impression that D.C. was some kind of diplomatic hub, where geopolitics is shaped on a grand international scale.It’s a brave new Post-American World indeed.