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“Want to sell oil to India…” Iranian Ambassador to India Dr Iraj Elahi

New Delhi: Dr. Iran Elahi, the Iranian ambassador to India, said on Friday that Tehran is prepared to deliver oil to India despite US sanctions because the two nations have strong connections.

Envoy Elahi stated in an exclusive interview with ANI, “We consistently state that we are eager to strengthen our business ties with India. India must decide; we are prepared to give oil.”

Recently, the US issued sanctions against a global network of businesses, including a petrochemical company with operations in India, that deal in Iranian petroleum and petrochemicals. The Iranian representative reacted angrily, claiming that the US oil restrictions are unlawful.

“Sanctions are an obstacle. India and Iran should find a way to solve this problem according to their national interests and not according to illegal US sanctions. We want to sell oil to India and buy what we need from India,” the Iranian Ambassador told ANI.

Under the banner of “The World United Against Terrorism,” the Iranian Embassy in New Delhi organised a consolation prayer session to honour the victims of the ISIS terrorist attack in Shah Cheragh, Iran.

Dr. Iraj Elahi stated, “The Iranian government has tight ties and close cooperation with India against terrorist groups and we hope we enforce such cooperation.”

The condolence prayer was attended by DP Srivastava, a former Indian ambassador to Iran, Trilochan Singh, a former chairman of the National Commissioner for Minorities (NCM), as well as a number of Muslim clergy and experts.

The US keeps repeating that Iran’s nuclear programme is accelerating in defiance of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA, aka Iran nuclear deal). The US administration has stated that it would continue to swiftly execute its sanctions against Iran’s sales of petroleum and petrochemicals.

“These enforcement actions will continue on a regular basis, with an aim to severely restrict Iran’s oil and petrochemical exports. Anyone involved in facilitating these illegal sales and transactions should cease and desist immediately if they wish to avoid U.S. sanctions,” the US treasury department had said.

The Iranian government’s nuclear programme, “abuses” against their own citizens, support for “Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine” with drones and military training, and destabilising activities throughout the region are just a few of the policies that the US government continues to find concerning.

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