India’s Move to Stop Oil Import Hurting Trade, Chabahar Work, Shouldn’t Have Joined US Ban, Says Iran


India’s Move to Stop Oil Import Hurting Trade, Chabahar Work, Shouldn’t Have Joined US Ban, Says Iran

Months after India decided to shut down oil imports from Iran in keeping with the sanctions imposed by the United States, the Iranian Ambassador to India said it is hurting the India-Iran bilateral trade and the former’s future in Chabahar port.

Breaking silence on New Delhi’s move to “zero out” oil purchases after May 2 this year, Iran’s envoy Ali Chegeni said India had “fought hard for its independence” and should not have given in to “unilateral sanctions” from the US, The Hindu reported.

Speaking to the members of the Indian Association of Foreign Affairs Correspondents on Monday, Chegeni said, “It is now official that India has stopped importing oil from Iran because of what it says is its own national interest.”

Chegeni pointed out the adverse effect of India’s move on bilateral trade, saying, “If there are no oil payments due from India, how we can buy from India?” Read more

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