Iran expects India to act in its national interest on the issue of oil imports

NEW DELHI: Amid US sanctions, Iran said on Tuesday it believes India will act in its national interest on the issue of oil imports and that Tehran can act as a protector of India's energy security.

Iran's ambassador to India, Ali Chegeni, also said that his country can provide India with accessibility, affordability and energy security.

The Iranian envoy also alluded to the possibility of using barter, rupees and European mechanisms for oil trade with India and other countries to circumvent US sanctions.

Your comments become important as days come after the Secretary of State of the United States. Mike Pompeo He assured India that the United States is doing everything possible to guarantee imports of crude oil to New Delhi as a result of the situation arising from the sanctions on Iran's oil imports.

Pompeo had said that India has made difficult decisions to cut Iran's oil imports.

Referring to the comments of Foreign Minister S Jaishankar in the interaction of the joint press with Pompeo here last week, Chegeni said: If Mr. Jaishankar said that affordability, accessibility and energy security. Iran is the only country that can provide all these aspects of energy for India.

We expect from a friend (...) that we understand each other, follow our national interest and Iran is ready to be the protector of India's energy security, he told reporters on the sidelines of a cultural event between Iran and India.

Chegeni said that the import of oil could probably have stopped, but Iran did not receive any negative signal from India that it would do so in the future.

India is a friend forever. We understand that India will act in accordance with your national interest. As we understand from Mr. Jaishankar's statement that India will follow your national interest. That is acceptable to everyone, he said.

We believe that India is under pressure, but we believe that India is a friend of Iran. India's relations with other countries do not affect us. Our relations with India are based on history, based on long-term mutual benefit and interest. said the envoy.

Consulted on the possibility that the project of the port of Chabahar be affected despite not being subject to US sanctions. UU., Chegeni said that it showed the hypocrisy of the Americans who say something else and do something else.

He alleged that the United States was applying indirect sanctions to the project.

We want the golden gate (Chabahar) not to be affected, but indirectly it could be affected, he said.

The envoy also accused EE. UU To incur terrorist acts by applying economic sanctions in several countries.

I am calling the United States to be a state terrorist against Cuba, Venezuela and Iran (...) They will isolate themselves, he said.

Chegeni said that Iran does not force its consumers and that India will decide for itself.

He also affirmed that the oil problem will not affect the ties between India and Iran.

Chegeni also claimed that many countries were buying oil from Iran both officially and unofficially.

Our oil is sold, the destinations are secret, he said.

The envoy also trusted that India's trade relationship with Iran will continue to expand.

Until April, our bilateral trade between the two countries was 18 billion, while in previous years it was 13.7 billion, he said.

The envoy said that the Iranian bank Pasargad Bank had all its authorizations and that it will open a branch in Mumbai soon.

When exemptions from US sanctions to buy Iranian oil for six months ended in May, India said it will address the issue based on three factors: the country's energy security, commercial consideration and economic interests.

In November, the United States granted a six-month exemption to India, China, Greece, Italy, Taiwan, Japan, Turkey and South Korea To continue importing oil from Iran. The temporary resignation ended on May 2.

In May of last year, EE. UU He had reinstated the sanctions against Iran after withdrawing from the nuclear agreement with Iran, which closed in 2015.

The United States had told India and other countries to reduce oil imports from the Gulf nation to zero by November 4 or face sanctions. However, Washington had granted a six-month exemption of sanctions to eight countries, including India.