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NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India only abides by sanctions imposed by the United Nations and not those imposed by any other country, such as ones announced by the United States against Iran, India’s foreign minister said on Monday.

Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj, speaks during a media availability with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, after their meeting at the Indian Foreign Ministry in New Delhi, India, October 25, 2017. REUTERS/Alex Brandon/Pool

U.S. President Donald Trump this month withdrew the United States from the Iran nuclear deal and ordered the reimposition of U.S. sanctions against Iran that were suspended under the 2015 accord.

But Indian foreign minister Sushma Swaraj said New Delhi’s position was independent of any other country.

“India follows only U.N. sanctions, and not unilateral sanctions by any country,” she said at a news conference when asked about India’s response to the U.S. decision.

India and Iran have long-standing political and economic ties, with Iran one of India’s top oil suppliers.

Later on Monday, Swaraj will meet Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif who arrived in New Delhi to build support against the U.S. rejection of the nuclear accord.

Reporting by Nidhi Verma; Writing by Sanjeev Miglani

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