US recognizes India’s energy needs, said administration official

Earlier this year, the US had withdrawn from the 2015 Iranian nuclear deal and reimposed a series of tough sanctions on Iran.

As November of this comes close, India will have to show if and when it will comply with the US sanctions on Iran and reduce the oil imports to zero.

Senior Trump administration official also noted that Washington recognises India’s need for significant oil imports.

She said that the two sides are already having conversations to ensure there are alternative supplies of the fuel to cater to the India’s energy needs.

Earlier this year, the US had withdrawn from the 2015 Iranian nuclear deal and reimposed a series of tough sanctions on Iran.

While the first phase of sanctions is already in place, it would come into full force on November 4.

The US has stated in no uncertain terms that it expects all countries including India to bring down their import of Iranian oil to zero by then.

Though India, one of the biggest importers of Iranian oil, has already reduced its import, it has indicated that it is unlikely to go down to zero given its massive energy needs.

When asked about the impact of the US sanctions on projects such as the Chabahar project, Ms Wells said the issue of Chabahar is under close review.

In May 2016, India, Iran and Afghanistan had inked a pact which entailed establishment of Transit and Transport Corridor among the three countries using Chabahar Port as one of the regional hubs for sea transportation in Iran.

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