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Sushma Swaraj holds talks with Iranian Foreign Minister

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Tuesday held "constructive" discussions with her Iranian counterpart Javad on all bilateral issues of mutual interests.

The talks by the two foreign ministers came 12 days after the US ended six-month-long exemptions from sanctions to and seven other countries to buy from

It is learnt that the issue figured in the talks.

"EAM @SushmaSwaraj and Iranian @JZarif held constructive discussions on all bilateral issues of mutual interest. Good exchange of views on the evolving regional situation, including Afghanistan," tweeted.

After the exemptions expired on May 2, said it will deal with the issue based on three factors -- the country's energy security, commercial consideration and economic interests.

In May last year, the US had brought back sanctions on after withdrawing from the nuclear deal which was struck in 2015.

The US had told and other countries to cut imports from the Gulf nation to "zero" by November 4 or face sanctions. However, had granted a six-month waiver from sanctions to eight countries, including India.

India, the world's third biggest consumer, meets more than 80 per cent of its oil needs through imports. Iran is its third largest supplier after and and meets about 10 per cent of its total needs.

Indo-Iran ties have been on a upswing in the last few years. visited in May 2016 with an aim to craft a strategic relationship with Iran and expand India's ties with

During the visit, India and Iran signed nearly a dozen agreements, centrepiece of which was a deal on development of

Later, India, Iran and signed a trilateral agreement providing for transport of goods among the three countries through the port.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Tue, May 14 2019. 16:46 IST
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