India Follows UN Sanctions Not Those of Trump Govt: Sushma Reaches Out to Iran on Nuclear Deal

New Delhi: Ahead of meeting Iran foreign minister Javad Zarif, Sushma Swaraj reached out to Iran saying India abides by only United Nations sanctions and not those imposed by individual countries such as US.
US President Donald Trump ruffled feather earlier this month with his announcement to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal and ordered sanctions to be reimposed on the Middle Eastern country.
Swaraj on Monday clarified that India’s position is independent of any other country’s decision.
“India follows only UN sanctions and not unilateral sanctions by any country,” Swaraj said while addressing a press conference at the completion of four years in power of the Narendra Modi-led government.
Zarif will hold extensive talks with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj later on Monday during which he is expected to seek India’s support for Iran’s nuclear deal with six world powers in the wake of Washington’s withdrawal from it.Zarif’s day-long visit here is part of Tehran’s efforts to reach out to major world powers after the US pulled out from the landmark nuclear deal of 2015 under which Tehran had agreed to stop its sensitive nuclear activities in return for the lifting of crippling economic sanctions.
The issue is expected to be discussed extensively in the talks between Swaraj and Zarif, officials said.
The Chabahar port project is also likely to figure in the meeting.
Iran is India’s third largest oil supplier and there were apprehensions about possible impact of the US decision on India’s oil import. However, the officials said the US decision to reinstate financial sanctions on Iran would not impact India’s oil imports as long as European countries did not follow suit.
The Iranian Foreign Minister visited China, Russia and some European countries in the last three weeks after President Donald Trump announced Washington’s withdrawal from the deal which was signed by the Obama administration.
The issue is understood to have figured during an “informal summit” between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Russian city of Sochi last week.
China, Russia and several European nations have been trying to salvage the deal.