With civilisational bonds forged over more than 1,000 years by “poets, mystics and merchants” rather than politicians, Iran expected India to resist more strongly the pressure to back US sanctions, said Iran’s foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in an interaction with women journalists from India.
“These are bonds that cannot be broken by political or economic alignment or short-term global reasons. India has taken a stance against sanctions and that is encouraging but we expected our friends to be more resilient,” he said. “You need to reject this pressure because the US behaves like a high school bully and India is also being bullied by not being allowed to buy oil from us.”
“If you can’t lift oil from us, we will not be able to buy Indian rice,” said Zarif. The two countries share a unique deal wherein India has been able to bank the money it owes Iran for oil purchases in rupees and allows it to be used to fund Iranian purchase of rice and pharmaceuticals. Read More