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India has been closely watching the situation arising from President Donald Trump's decision to pull the USA out of the Iran nuclear deal and its implications on trade with Iran. It said New Delhi wants the nuclear deal's signatories to engage constructively with Tehran.

Both countries are key oil suppliers to India and the United States has warned that foreign companies which deal with Iran could themselves be punished.

Foreign Affairs Minister of Iran Mohammad Javad Zarif arrived in New Delhi on Monday. He. But New Delhi might come under pressure from Washington to minimise its economic partnership with Iran.

Lukoil's cautious stance follows an announcement by French energy giant Total earlier this month that it will abandon a major gas project in Iran unless it gets a USA sanctions waiver. "Terror and talks can not go together, be it post elections or even before", Swaraj said, reiterating New Delhi's long-standing position on dialogue with Islamabad.

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India continued to trade with Iran throughout previous sanction periods, but was forced to cut oil imports as sanctions choked off banking channels and insurance cover for tankers. "But I assure the country from this platform that we would not spare any effort", she said. Indian interests in the Iran nuclear deal revolve around possible United States sanctions that would once again slow down the development of the Chabahar port. India imported $10.5 billion worth of goods, mainly crude oil, and exported commodities worth $2.4 billion. This plan allows India to compete with the joint China-Pakistan port of Gwadar in Pakistani Baluchistan, giving it a geo-strategic reach-around Islamabad and Beijing.

The minister said Modi, during his talks with May on the sidelines of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), also raised the issue of delay by British authorities in sending back Indian fugitives.

On the tightening of work visa restrictions by the US, the Minister said India was talking to the US White House, Administration and Congress to convince them not to revoke H-1B (short-term work visas for professionals) and H4 visas (work permits for spouses of H1-B visa holders).

Last week, after meeting with Zarif, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini said the EU had tabled nine topics for further negotiations with Tehran.

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