India rejects U.S. sanctions says it only follows U.N. sanctions

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Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and his Indian counterpart Sushma Swaraj walk after a photo opportunity in New Delhi, India, May 28, 2018. REUTERS/Altaf Hussain

NEW DELHI – India said on Monday it abided by sanctions imposed by the United Nations but not those imposed by any other country, such as those announced by the United States against Iran.

While meeting the Iranian Foreign minister at New Delhi Indian Foreign minister Sushma Swaraj said that her country is abided by the sanctions that are imposed by the United Nations not any other country.

The Iranian Foreign Minister paid a visit to India in a bid to build international support against U.S. sanctions against his country. Earlier this month the United States withdrew from the Iranian nuclear deal that was signed in 2015.

Referring to the Iranian sanctions, Swaraj cleared her country’s position terming that her country is independent in its foreign policy. Both India and Iran enjoy robust political and economic relations.

Many Afghans officials feared that in the light of the U.S. sanctions the future of Chabahar port seems bleak. However, the current stance of India against Iranian sanctions is a good sign for the Afghan government as it is in quest of finding alternative trading routes. If fully operationalized the Chabahar port will reduce Afghanistan dependency on Pakistan to a larger extent and help India reaches the energy-rich Central Asian states.

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