As the Donald Trump administration's deadline for Iran sanctions beckons, India must find alternatives for its crude oil needs fast. In the last few months, there have been hectic parleys in the diplomatic channels between India and Saudi Arabia. The topic is an obvious one - crude oil. The decision by the Trump administration in the US to unilaterally withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal of 2015 in May earlier this year and re-impose sanctions on Tehran, and any country that chooses to do business with it, has left India particularly vulnerable. With an annual crude production of 234 million tonnes in 2017, Iran is the world's fifth-largest oil producing nation. India, which imports over 80 per cent of its crude oil requirement every year and is world's third-largest oil consumer, is Iran's biggest customer for oil in the world after China. In 2017-18, India imported 220 million metric tonnes of crude worth $88 billion, a 25.5 per cent growth over fiscal 2017. Iran was its second-biggest supplier.