The simmering tension in the Persian gulf figured prominently in the Indo-US talks on Wednesday with Foreign Minister S Jaishankar appraising the Secretary of State Mike Pompeo about India’s Iran worries. Not only 10% of India’s oil import comes from Iran, but there is a diaspora of 8 million too, compounding the government anxieties.
Indian Navy has already deployed its men on-board Indian flagged vessels and oil tankers besides deploying two of its ships – INS Chennai and INS Sunayan – for safe and secure passage of the merchant ships through the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman.
While Indian oil companies have temporarily suspended their import from Tehran in the wake of the regional flare-up, diplomatic sources said that India’s decision would be guided by commercial considerations and energy security. Read more