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India takes out Armenia membership to clobber Turkey

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Abhishek Kumar Singh

Turkey’s unrealistic dream of reestablishing its outdated Ottoman Empire hegemony, has been given a extreme jolt by India. As the Erdogan-led administration continues to float in direction of the Pakistani institution, India has determined to alienate it by way of its neighbor Armenia, clobbering Turkey’s dream.Chabahar port – a key connecting hyperlink between India and ArmeniaIndia and Armenia are discussing to incorporate Iran’s Chabahar port within the International North-South Transport Corridor (INSTC). Speaking on the press meet after his assembly together with his Armenian counterpart, Ararat Mirzoyan, External Affairs Minister (EAM) S. Jaishankar described how the dearth of correct connectivity between Armenia and India hampers the financial, business and people-to-people relationship between the 2 international locations.“Both India and Armenia are members of the International North-South Transport Corridor, which has the potential to bridge the connectivity barrier. Minister Mirzoyan and I discussed the interest which Armenia has shown in the utilization of Chabahar port in Iran which is being developed by India. We have also proposed that Chabahar port be included in the INSTC framework,” he mentioned.India-Armenia to exponentially develop their cooperationThe two ministers additionally mentioned beginning a direct flight between each international locations. During his tour to Armenia, India’s international minister additionally held a one-on-one assembly with Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinya. Both international locations agreed on growing an agenda for extra cooperation, together with the areas of tourism, hospitality, infrastructure, and different cultural exchanges.No chill pic.twitter.com/SUFBb36Kys— Shubhangi Sharma (@ItsShubhangi) October 15, 2021Explaining the latest growth in cooperation between each international locations, the EAM mentioned, “An Indian business delegation had visited Armenia last month to participate in the 20th edition of Armenia Expo. This was the first business delegation to Armenia after the COVID pandemic and I am confident that there will be more frequent visits which will give further impetus to bilateral trade and commerce.”Read extra: Turkey Fry: France is available in help of Armenia. That’s France and Russia collectively towards TurkeyTill now, India had to make use of Suez Canal to hook up with the European a part of the planet, which takes greater than 40 days and entails hefty charge to the international locations en path to the vacation spot. After completion of the 7,200 km lengthy multi-modal INSTC, the overall time shall be lowered to just about 20 days, which will even translate right into a 30 % decrease value to move items.INSTC – India’s reply to China’s BRIINSTC is India’s counter to the Chinese Belt and Road initiative. To be extra particular, India-Russia cooperation for INSTC stands as a counter to the China-Pakistan nexus in BRI. Through INSTC, India will get a path to bypass Pakistan and set up a direct reference to Iran, Russia, and different international locations mendacity north of Iran. The significance of India’s geopolitical curiosity within the INSTC and Chabahar mixture could be gauged from the truth that India satisfied the United States to keep away from imposing any sanctions on Indian investments within the Chabahar port.Bloody historical past between Armenia and TurkeyTurkey by no means has been in a cordial relation with Armenia. In spite of being neighbors, Armenia and Turkey have at all times been in a diplomatic tussle because of their historical past. Armenia is essentially a Christian nation, whereas Turkey is an orthodox Muslim one. When the Ottoman Empire was at its peak, they slaughtered and butchered thousands and thousands and thousands and thousands of Christians in Armenia.The Ottoman Empire collapsed throughout World War I, leaving the present-day Turkey as a final memory of the empire. Later, Turkey became a liberal state throughout the twentieth century. Even when the nation was fashionable and liberal, Turkey by no means apologised for its Armenian genocide. Now, when Erdogan is attempting to vary Turkey into an Islamic fundamentalist state, Turkey has determined to double down on their anti-Armenian legacy.Azerbaijan (Armenia’s neighbour), a Muslim majority nation, has greater than 100 years of bloodied historical past with Armenia. Recently, when conflict broke out between each the international locations for the disputed territory of Nagorno-Karabakh, Turkey supplied arms and ammunition, in addition to diplomatic help to Azerbaijan. Along with Turkey, Pakistan additionally despatched their Mujahideens to battle with their Azerbaijani counterparts, towards Armenia.Inclusion of Chabahar port – a blow for TurkeyIf Chabahar port and Armenian routes are included within the INSTC, it is going to come off as a extreme blow to Turkey. Alarmed by the rising Turkey-Pakistan nexus and Turkey’s help for the Kashmir situation, India determined to counter the Erdogan administration. For the previous few years, India has been growing a strategic cooperative relationship with Turkey’s neighbors resembling Armenia, Cyprus, and Greece. Greece and Cyprus have already prolonged their help to India, whereas Armenia is consolidating India’s presence within the area.Read extra: We should counter the Turkey-Pakistan alliance,’ Greece urges India for army cooperationArmenia’s help for India could be derived from the truth that a whole bunch of Armenian residents have been ready to welcome India’s External Affairs Minister – a uncommon sight in worldwide diplomacy. Prime Minister Modi’s preliminary international excursions throughout his first time period have began to bear fruits now. A drive comprising of India,Turkey’s neighbours and Arab nations supportive to India, is ready to obliterate Turkey and Pakistan’s dream of destabilising India.