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India to keep importing oil from Iran, brushing off US pressure

Despite sanction threats, New Delhi puts priority on obtaining low-cost energy

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, right, and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani talk during a reception in New Delhi on Feb. 17. Securing ample supplies of energy is a crucial matter for India to support its economic growth.    © Reuters

NEW DELHI -- India is set to defy the Donald Trump administration's sanctions by continuing to import oil from Iran even after the U.S. curbs start kicking in from Nov. 4.

"Two of our [oil] companies made nominations [a few days ago] to buy oil from Iran in November," India's Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said at an energy forum in New Delhi this week, without naming the companies. "We do not know whether we will get a waiver [from the U.S.] or not but the companies have booked [the oil]."

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