U.S. Senior Policy Advisor to the Secretary of State and Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook will visit India and Europe next week “to promote the American pushback against the Iranian threat.”
Indian refiners have already placed orders to buy 9 million barrels, or about 300,000 bpd, of Iranian oil in November, as New Delhi seeks to continue purchasing Iranian oil despite of the second round of U.S. sanctions over Tehran.
“During this trip, Special Representative Hook will engage our allies and partners on our shared need to counter the entirety of the Iranian regime’s destructive behavior in the Middle East and in their own neighborhoods,” according to the State Department.
The State Department further added that Hook and Assistant Secretary of State for Energy Resources Francis Fannon will meet with their Indian counterparts to encourage the country to eliminate their dependence on Iranian oil.
Between April and September, the first half of India’s financial year, the country’s oil imports from Iran surged 40 percent to 627,000 bpd, tanker arrival data showed.