Will take steps for energy security: India on US sanctions on oil import from Iran

NEW DELHI: Days after the US asked countries to cut oil imports from Iran by November 4, India today said it will take all necessary steps including engagements with relevant stakeholders to ensure its energy security.

Without clearly specifying India’s position on the US warning, External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said the statement by the Trump administration over oil import from Iran was not India-specific and applies to all countries.

“We have seen the statement made by the State Department official on this matter. The statement was not India specific and applies to all countries. India will take all necessary steps, including engagement with relevant stakeholders to ensure our energy security,” he said at a media briefing.

Kumar said that the statement made by US State Department talks about reducing import of oil from Iran to “zero” by November 4 and there is no talk of snapping ties in that. (AGENCIES)