India Mulling to Cut Iran Oil Purchases amid US Waivers

India Mulling to Cut Iran Oil Purchases amid US Waivers

Saturday, 15 September, 2018 - 05:00
A general view of an oil dock is seen from a ship at the port of Kalantari in the city of Chabahar, 300km east of the Strait of Hormuz January 17, 2012. REUTERS/Raheb Homavandi/File Photo
New Delhi - Asharq Al-Awsat
Indian refiners will cut their monthly crude loadings from Iran for September and October by nearly half from earlier this year as New Delhi works to win waivers on the oil export sanctions Washington plans to reimpose on Tehran in November.

The United States is renewing sanctions on Iran after withdrawing from a nuclear deal forged in 2015 between Tehran and world powers. Washington reimposed some of the financial sanctions from Aug. 6, while those affecting Iran’s petroleum sector will come into force from Nov. 4.

Washington will consider waivers for Iranian oil buyers such as India but they must eventually halt crude imports from Tehran, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said last week in New Delhi after a meeting of high level officials.

India’s loadings from Iran for this month and next will drop to less than 12 million barrels each, after purchases over April-August had been boosted in anticipation of the reductions.

The German news agency quoted an Iranian official as saying that New Delhi has special ties with both the US and Iran.

“We are looking for ways to find a balance between the two,” said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

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