In spite of US pressure, India expressed today its willingness to promote economic-commercial links with Iran, which it recognized as an irreplaceable market for meeting its energy needs.
Less than a month after the coming into force of US/EU sanctions against Tehran, Indian Foreign Minister S.M. said that New Delhi will not yield to any measure different from those adopted by the United Nations.
Krishna discussed today with his Iranian counterpart Ali Akbar Salehi a broad range of topics, including the Iranian nuclear program, bilateral economic relations, energy cooperation and terrorism.
In a press conference at the end of their meeting, Krishna commented that his country complies with UN Security Council resolutions but would reject "others decided unilaterally or regionally."
In a globalized world, these actions may have a strong impact on markets, he said, and warned Indian businesses that "these measures (taken by Washington and Brussels) must not affect our legitimate commercial interests."
He stressed that Iran is "an important neighbour and a crucial economic partner, as well as an important source of our energy supplies."
Salehi travelled to India as a special envoy of President to invite Premier Manmohan Singh to the 26th Summit of the Non Aligned Movement to be held in Tehran in August.