Iran Asks OPEC For Support Against US Sanctions

Iran Asks OPEC For Support Against US Sanctions

Iran Asks OPEC For Support Against US Sanctions

Ever since Trump withdrew from the nuclear deal with Iran, the United States has been resorting to sanctions pressure against Tehran in what the Treasury said was the USA president's "aggressive campaign" against Iran's elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).

But Swaraj said New Delhi did not believe in "reactionary" policies and would not be dictated to by other countries.

Iran is India's third largest oil supplier.

India is one of the major customers of Iranian oil, and has also made investment in Iran's gas and oil industry. In particular, the USA sanctioned six individuals and three companies.

Amid the U.S. plan to scrap a rule allowing spouses of H-1B visa holders to work legally in the country, Swaraj said the Government would make all efforts to persuade the Trump administration.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had conveyed his unhappiness to his British counterpart Theresa May over focus on conditions of Indian prisons during court hearings on extradition of fugitive Vijay Mallya to India, according to External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.

India will also try to negotiate its way out of the sanctions on Iran that is likely to affect developing the Chabahar port -- crucial for India's trade with Afghanistan and central Asia.

On Prime Minister Narendra Modi holding informal summits with China and Russian Federation, she said, informal summits are new dialogue mechanism by India.

For his part, the Iranian Foreign Minister thanked India's principled stance in support of the JCPOA and briefed his Indian counterpart on efforts underway to preserve the deal. The trade turnover between India and Iran in 2016-1917 years was 12.9 billion. USA.

U.S. President Donald Trump has stated his readiness to talk to Iran about its missile program as a step toward reaching a new deal replacing JCPOA.

"The two sides positively assessed the implementation of decisions taken during the visit of President Rouhani to India. Only thing thing I felt while reading their answer was, "look who's talking", said Sushma Swaraj in reference to how Pakistan responded to the National Capital's protests over Islamabad's move on administrative control over the Gilgit-Baltistan region.

Meetings with leaders in India are said to have gone particularly well for Iran, sparking outrage in the United States where these same Indian leaders have been pleading with the Trump administration to boost relations.

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