India‘s foreign ministry said Zarif held discussions with Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on issues of mutual interest, including the evolving situation in Afghanistan. It didn’t give any details.
Put into a difficult situation by U.S. pressure, India said it would buy crude oil from other major oil producing countries to protect its interests.
Washington has renewed sanctions on Iran in an attempt to eliminate all of its oil revenue, which it says funds destabilizing activity throughout the Middle East and beyond.
In November, the U.S. granted a six-month waiver to India and seven other countries to continue importing oil from Iran. The waiver ended early this month.
Indo-Iran ties have expanded in various fields in recent years.
During his visit to India last year, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Iran and India were prepared for joint ventures in gas and petroleum. He sought India‘s investment in these areas, as well as in industry and mining.
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