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New Delhi is woking on clearing $6.5 billion of debt for Iranian oil and this issue could be resolved soon, according to local media.
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Goodwill Trade: India Likely to Pay Interest on Crude Dues to Iran
MOSCOW (Sputnik) — New Delhi is ready to clear some $6.5 billion of debt for Iranian oil in near time, provided there is clarity on the channel of payment, Indian media reported Sunday, citing government sources.
The reports emerge as Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to visit the oil-rich country later in May.
"We are working on clearing the dues to Iran and are hopeful that the issue will be resolved soon," the NDTV broadcaster quoted its sources as saying.
According to the broadcaster, a series of bilateral negotiations at various levels has been held both in Tehran and New Delhi. The sources reportedly told the media that both sides were confident of being able to soon resolve the issue.
However, according to the media, despite the Western sanctions imposed on Iran now being lifted, there are still some issues with the banking channels which create obstacles for regular transactions.
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Iran began stepping up international trade and investment cooperation after reaching a historic deal on its nuclear program to ensure its peaceful nature in exchange for the suspension of international anti-Iran sanctions, in particular on its oil sector, in July 2015.
In mid-January, the sanctions were removed after the International Atomic Energy Agency verified Tehran’s compliance to the nuclear agreement.
Following lifting of sanctions, Iran terminated the discounts for India, which included the payments being carried out in rupees, and free delivery of oil, and has since been insisting on payments for the crude it exports to Indian refineries to be carried out in euros.