Cherrypicking in West Asia

On the face of it, Iran is down 0-2. That is, if a metaphor from soccer were to be used to describe India’s affection toward Iran’s archetypal West Asian rivals — Israel and Saudi Arabia. After all, Prime Minister Narendra Modi receives their leaders at the tarmac of Delhi airport with a hug, but there was hardly anyone to receive Iranian President Hassan Rouhani when he landed in Delhi in February last year, alighted from the plane, got into a limousine and drove off.

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