NEW DELHI, Aug. 12 (UPI) -- Once New Delhi misses opportunities in the Iranian energy sector, reversing course is going to be very difficult, the Iranian envoy to India warned.
Mehdi Nabizadeh, Iran's ambassador to New Delhi, said the trade relationship between the two countries was burdened by Western influence in the regional trade sector, the official Islamic Republic News Agency reports.
India was receiving Iranian crude oil shipments on credit because of payment obstacles brought on by economic sanctions placed on Tehran. Though both sides were able to settle the trade impasse, Iran had threatened to disrupt crude deliveries.
India in 2010 imported 135 million barrels of oil from Iran, down from 156 million barrels the previous year, IRNA notes.
Nabizadeh said agreements for India to get liquefied natural gas from the South Pars gas complex in the Persian Gulf through the National Iranian Oil Co. was no longer an option. He warned New Delhi that its time was running out on energy.
"We want to supply gas. However, India should not lose the opportunity," he was quoted as saying. "We are talking to other countries, too. Once the opportunity is missed, we cannot supply, even if we want."