On Wednesday, June 27, Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj was dialled up by her American counterpart Mike Pompeo to convey the decision, Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said in a tweet, adding that Pompeo regretted and expressed disappointment over the same.
The US envoy to the United Nations Nikki Haley, who is on a 2-day maiden visit to India flaunted her Indian connection while addressing media on Thursday. "In this day and time we see more and more reasons for India and the United States to come together", she said.
After visiting the Jama Masjid, one of India's largest mosques, she interacted with a child sitting outside. The dialogue format was announced during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to the U.S. in June 2017 - his first to that country after Donald Trump assumed presidency - and holding successful talks with the latter.
Before the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and six major powers, various buyers of Iranian oil including India had waivers or exemptions to United States sanctions.
Haley also suggested the USA and India should join forces to counter China's assertive policies as well as as Pakistani terror threats.
Born in SC to Sikh immigrants from the northern Indian state of Punjab, Haley rolled breads at the Sikh shrine on Thursday, a religious way of paying obeisance to Sikh gurus.
The speculation of a possible strain in the relationship was also fuelled by the fact that this is the second time the two-plus-two dialogue - between India's external affairs and defence ministers and their U.S. counterparts - has been cancelled.
On how New Delhi proposed to deal with the USA sanctions, Kumar said Iran was a traditional partner of India - having historical and civilisational links - and "we have our own views on Iran and the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action". "Their expansion in the region without respect for rights, unlike India, will limit their relationship with United States", she said.
Ms Haley had yesterday called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and discussed ways to enhance India-US cooperation in various fields, including counter-terrorism.
Washington has stepped up pressure on major Iranian customers to stop importing its oil, warning no trading partner will be exempt from new economic sanctions when they bite from November 4. He pointed to the United States embassy statement and said that the rescheduling was prompted by reasons unrelated to the bilateral relationship and all speculation to the contrary would be exposed in a couple of days.
Following Washington's withdrawal from the Iran deal, India said it would comply with the United Nations sanctions and not any country-specific sanctions.
During her ongoing two-day trip to the South Asian nation, Haley stressed America's commitment to a "free and open Indo-Pacific region". She ends her visit to India on Thursday.