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