• Tue / 27 August 2019 / 16:21
  • Category: Politics
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Emmanuel Macron urges US to lift ban on Iran oil sales to India

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Tehran (ISNA) - French President, Emmanuel Macron has urged his American counterpart, Donald Trump to lift the sanctions on Iranian oil sales to India, a step that could boost Delhi’s energy supplies if Washington agrees to the request.

Iran’s Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif held a three- and a half-hour dialogue with his French counterpart in Biarritz on Sunday, ET has learnt. Zarif also met Macron before flying out.

The Iranian foreign Minister had met Macron in Paris on Friday as well, in the backdrop of regular contacts between his President and the French leader. 

The Iran issue was discussed during the Macron-Trump lunch meeting on Saturday and the French President urged the US leader to end its sanctions on sale of Iranian oil to India and China, two of the biggest buyers of Tehran’s energy resources. 

This will be music to India’s ears, as it had stopped purchasing Iranian oil from May after Washington refused to extend a six-month waiver and threatened secondary sanctions. Last November, the US had granted a waiver to India, China, Greece, Italy, Taiwan, Japan, Turkey and South Korea to continue importing oil from Iran until the first week of May. 

Iran supplied 10% of India's oil needs and the country has a number of Iran crude-specific refineries.

Re-imposition of US sanctions has also slowed India’s other projects in Iran, including the Chabahar Port, which is the gateway to Afghanistan, Central Asia and Eurasia. 

In July, Minister of State for External Affairs, V Muraleedharan, told Parliament that India’s bilateral ties with Iran stand on its own and are not influenced by relations with any third country.

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