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September 26, 2018 9:08 am

India’s Government Has Not Told Refiners to Halt Iranian Oil Imports: Source

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A gas flare on an oil production platform in the Soroush oilfields is seen alongside an Iranian flag in Iran, July 25, 2005. Photo: REUTERS/Raheb Homavandi/File Photo.

India’s government has not told the country’s oil refiners to halt their imports of Iranian crude, a government source said on Wednesday, even as most Indian refiners have cut down their imports ahead of US sanctions on Iran.

“We have good relations with Iran and the US and our decision is not hinged on energy,” said the government source.

India has close diplomatic ties with Iran and is also building the strategic Chabahar port in the Middle Eastern country. It is expected to be operational by 2019.

However, at the same time, India is closely working with the US to further its strategic interests and recently signed a military communications agreement with the United States.

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