Stung by backlash, India says it will take ‘considerate view’ on oil imports from Iran


Stung by backlash, India says it will take ‘considerate view’ on oil imports from Iran

India’s Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan in an interview with a leading Indian daily said India sees U.S. sanctions on Iran as a “challenge” given its close ties with both the countries. His comments came a week before the scheduled visit of a U.S. delegation to India to discuss the issue.

“We have a special strategic relationship with U.S. We have a historic, cultural and civilizational relationship with Iran,” said Pradhan in the interview. “Iran is also a factor in India-Afghanistan because of its geographic proximity. Our economic interests are ties to both. The government will take a comprehensive view.”

On the question of how the Indian government will deal with the fallout of the sanctions, the minister said, “Let us wait and watch. The government has a considered view. National interest is paramount and we will align our decision on that.” Read More

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