U.S. curbs: India to decide on Iran crude imports after polls
Foreign Minister Zarif’s visit to update Delhi on developments in Persian Gulf
India will take a call on the purchase of Iranian energy after the general election, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj told her Iranian counterpart Javad Zarif here on Tuesday.
The discussions come in the backdrop of escalating tensions in the Persian Gulf after the U.S. waivers for supply of Iranian energy ended on May 2, prompting Tehran to declare that it would no longer be bound by the 2015 nuclear deal.
“On purchase of oil from Iran, the External Affairs Minister reiterated the position that a decision will be taken after the election keeping in mind our commercial considerations, energy security and economic interests,” said a source familiar with the discussions held between the two sides at the Jawaharlal Nehru Bhavan here.
The Indian side said the visit of the Foreign Minister was undertaken “at his own initiative” to update India on the developments in the Gulf region where tension escalated over the weekend as incidents of sabotage were reported in Saudi Arabia. Tehran, meanwhile, indicated that it would leave the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) that was agreed upon during the second tenure of U.S. President Barack Obama. Following Tuesday’s meeting, Mr. Zarif described the talks he held in India and Turkmenistan as “excellent”.