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Published: 0403 GMT September 28, 2018

India to continue crude purchase from Iran: Minister

India to continue crude purchase from Iran: Minister

India will continue to purchase oil from Iran despite sanctions reimposed by the US, said India's Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj.

In a meeting with her Iranian counterpart, Mohammad Javad Zarif in New York on the sidelines of the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly on Thursday, Swaraj said India views Iran not only as a good neighbor but also a good friend, Press TV reported.

The two diplomats also discussed ways to expand mutual ties in various areas including economy and exchanged views on Iran's Chabahar Port.

In an interview after the talks, Iran's top diplomat described India's involvement in its southeast port of Chabahar as important, noting that the Islamic Republic of Iran has always served as a reliable source of energy for India.

"Indian presence in Chabahar is very important. We have comprehensive cooperation with India which also includes energy cooperation because Iran has always been a reliable source of energy for India," Zarif told ANI.

He added that the Islamic Republic expects Chabahar to become even larger with more capacity. "We hope India and other investors would come to Chabahar and invest for the expansion of the port facility," Zarif added.

The Iranian foreign minister also said Indian shipments have already gone through Chabahar to Afghanistan and added India has always been categorical in terms of its intention to continue economic cooperation and import of oil from Iran.

The Chabahar Port complex is being developed as part of a new transportation corridor for land-locked Afghanistan. India and Iran signed an agreement worth $85 million to develop the port in southeastern Iran.

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