Iran’s to India, Chegeni, has called for New Delhi to resume oil imports from Tehran as it has increased purchases of basmati rice from India.
“India is a good friend. We are neighbors. Our history is deep, ”Chageni said on Monday. “I hope that India will start (purchase of oil from Iran). India understands that these are unilateral sanctions by the US and not by the United Nations.”
However, he noted that if India does not resume normal trade relations, Iran may have to look for other commodities ranging from other markets to source commodities such as rice due to lack of money.
Meanwhile, sources told ThePrint that a high-level delegation headed by Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale is expected to visit Iran this month to discuss all issues of bilateral importance between New Delhi and Tehran. Restarting the oil trade will set off Iran’s agenda.
India shies away from developing Chabahar port:
Changi expressed dissatisfaction over the tendency of India to have “an active” absence to successfully convert the Shaheed Beheshti Port into a major trading center at Chabahar.
From December last year, India started using the port to ship goods to Afghanistan. He said, ‘India cannot tell what it is doing to China at Gwadar Port (in Pakistan)’.
Due to this, Chageni said, the spiritual regime is now forced to develop the Zahedan rail link on its own. The rail link will connect the southeastern port city of Chabahar to Zahedan, the provincial capital of the Sistan-Balochistan region.
Iran, India, and Afghanistan signed a tripartite agreement to develop Chabahar in May 2016 during Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s visit to Tehran.
Source: The Print