US sanctions irritating allies: German minister

New Delhi, July 19, IRNA – United States sanctions on Iran are irritating Washington's allies, a senior German official said.

Germany will act in its own interest and hopes that India, too, will continue buying Iranian oil, said Niels Annen, German minister of state for International Affairs in an interview with the Indian broadcaster News 18.

Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council (the US, France, Britain, China, and Russia) plus Germany signed the nuclear deal in 2015. Iran accepted to curb its nuclear program in exchange for economic sanctions relief.

US President Donald Trump withdrew from the deal on May 8, calling it the worst deal ever. Washington has also re-imposed the economic sanctions the first set of which will take effect on August 6.

US President Donald Trump had set a deadline of November 4 to stop all oil trade with Iran. India is one of the major customers of Iran crude.

“It will be India’s sovereign decision. I am not a salesman for Iran, but I have an impression that India is willing to continue buying oil from Iran and this will be a very important statement,' the broadcaster website quoted the official as saying.

India, among other trade partners, seems to be determined to continue its economic ties with Iran, despite sanctions.

Minister of State for External Affairs General (Retd.) V. K. Singh told the Indian Parliament, the Lok Sabha, on Wednesday that India is engaged in a long-term partnership on energy, trade and port of Chabahar.

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