India engaged with the U.S on Iran oil issue: MEA

India said it was engaged with the U.S, Iran and other stakeholders on the issue of American sanctions on import of Iranian oil, amid indications that the Trump administration may grant New Delhi waiver from punitive measures.

Asked about reports that the U.S was going to grant India waiver from the Iran sanctions, Spokesperson in the Ministry of External Affairs, Raveesh Kumar said the government has not heard anything from Washington.

The U.S has told India and other countries to cut oil imports from the Gulf nation to 'zero' by November 4 or face sanctions.

India has held several rounds of conversations with the U.S, Iran and and other stakeholders on the issue.

"As far as the U.S is concern, they are well aware about our expectations of the requirement of oil which is very critical for sustaining our domestic growth. We continue to engage with the U.S and other stakeholders to ensure that our energy security is not compromised," Raveesh said.

There have been indications that India may not totally stop import of crude oil from Iran.

In May, the U.S brought back sanctions on Iran after withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal which was struck in 2015.

Iran is India's third-largest oil supplier after Iraq and Saudi Arabia.

(Agencies)