New Delhi: India is engaged with the United States and other stakeholders to ensure its energy security and national interest, the foreign ministry spokesman said on Thursday, as Washington is set to tighten sanctions on Iran’s oil and banking sector.

In May, US President Donald Trump withdrew from a 2015 nuclear accord with Iran and ordered the renewal of US sanctions. Some sanctions took effect on 6 August, while those affecting the oil and banking sectors will start from 4 November.

India is closely monitoring the development and assessing the implication of the US sanctions, Raveesh Kumar said.

India, Iran’s leading oil client after China, is also developing the Chabahar Port in the Middle Eastern nation.

“Chabahar is a very important project for us, not only for access to Afghanistan and Central Asia, but also for Afghanistan itself," he said, adding that the development of the port figured in the high-level talks between India and the United States in New Delhi earlier this month.

“I can say this discussion has led to a better understanding by the United States of our objectives, concerns, sensitivities and expectations," he added.

This story has been published from a wire agency feed without modifications to the text.

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