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Sanctions: US-India Dialogue To Continue

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Calling India a "valued partner", US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Robert Blake said Washington will continue its dialogue with New Delhi on the issue of sanctions against Iran.

Asked if India is undermining the sanctions regime against Iran by "ramping up" trade engagement, Blake said, "We continue to have a good dialogue with many countries, including India, on the Iran sanctions. India (is a) valued partner".

Blake was responding to questions over social networking site Twitter.

As the Obama administration imposed new sanctions against Iran, US had said last week that it was talking to India, Pakistan, Russia, and China about what they can do about weaning themselves from Iranian crude.

"We are engaged in conversations with all of these governments with regard to the importance of implementing existing international sanctions, national sanctions," State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland had said when asked about several countries still doing business with Iran.