Sushma Sends a Strong Message to Pakistan

Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj says India won't be dictated

Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj says India won't be dictated

The two countries have significant trade ties in many areas, particularly in crude oil imports into India and diesel exports to Iran.

Yet Reuters reported on May 30 that India's Reliance Industries, which owns the world's biggest refining complex in the state of Gujarat, has significant exposure to the us financial system and was wary of the USA sanctions.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a right wing Hindu nationalist, had earlier seemed to waver over how to deal with Trump's violation of the UN Security Council-backed Iran nuclear deal (the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or JCPOA).

The Indian government issued a statement following their meeting.

French oil giant Total's participation in the deal is in danger as it may risk being hit by USA sanctions following President Donald Trump's withdrawal from a 2015 nuclear deal with Iran.

Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman recently said that any call for peace by Pakistan will be taken seriously by India.

India's government was not a signatory to the nuclear deal, but New Delhi announced this week that it will not honor the USA sanctions and will continue to import Iranian oil and engage in other business with Iran.

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Iran is the third largest supplier of oil to India, after Iraq and Saudi Arabia.

The Iranian diplomat made the remarks after the Monday visit of Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif to New Delhi.

"India follows only [United Nations] sanctions and not unilateral sanctions by any country", Swaraj was quoted as saying, emphasizing that India remains "independent" and immune to "pressure".

Iran had struck the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPoA) with the U.S., the UK, Russia, China, France and Germany after years of negotiations. Trade is one reason, given the robust market India provides for Iranian oil.

Indian refiners had slashed purchases of Iranian crude to about half their previous levels when the United Nations, European Union and US imposed a broad array of economic sanctions against Tehran.

China, Russia and several European nations have been trying to salvage the deal. India is looking at developing Iran's Chabahar port as a gateway to enter landlocked Afghanistan and Central Asia bypassing Pakistan.

Seemingly unmindful of United States threats to re-impose sanctions on Tehran following the U.S. pulling out of the 2015 nuclear deal, India and Iran on Monday discussed cooperation in areas decided during a visit by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in February.

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