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Indian government has not ordered oil refiners to halt import of crude oil from Iran

New Delhi/Tehran, Sept 27 (IENews) Contrary to media reports stating that India has bowed down to US pressure and stopped the import of Iranian crude oil, has learned through a highly placed government source that the Indian government has not told the country’s oil refiners to halt their imports of Iranian crude, even as most Indian refiners have cut down their imports ahead of U.S. sanctions on Iran.

“We have good relations with Iran and the U.S. and our decision is not hinged on energy,” said the government source.

India has close diplomatic ties with Iran and is also building the strategic Chabahar port in the Middle Eastern country. It is expected to be operational by 2019.

However, at the same time, India is closely working with U.S. to further its strategic interests and recently signed a military communications agreement with the United States.

(With inputs from Reuters)

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