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Iran oil imports, Russia missile deal on agenda during Pompeo-Jaishankar talks

ANI | June 25, 2019 09:41 PM
US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo (File photo)

New Delhi [India], Jun 25 (ANI): In the first high-level engagement between India and the US after the NDA's return to power for the second term, Secretary of State Michael Pompeo will meet External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Wednesday when issues relating to oil imports from Iran and the S-400 missile deal with Russia are expected to come up.

The three-day visit of Pompeo comes amidst rising tensions between the US and Iran over fresh sanctions imposed on Tehran, an issue which will be discussed between the two sides on Wednesday.

Following fresh US sanctions, Indian oil companies are also facing a tough time and many have reportedly stopped importing oil from Iran. Government sources, however, say that India will take any decision on the issue keeping its energy security and national interest in mind.

Diplomatic sources said there is no structured agenda and New Delhi is expected to urge for de-escalation of tensions between Washington and Tehran. They said there could be a discussion on the situation in the Persian Gulf region, which has a big Indian diaspora.

Washington has imposed fresh stringent sanctions on Iran which is already reeling under economic crisis; Sanctions came into force after Iran shot down US military drone over the Strait of Hormuz.

US media also reported that President Donald Trump ordered air strike which was called off last minute. (ANI)

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