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India trade body asks palm oil importers to avoid Malaysian purchases

NEW DELHI, Oct 21 (Reuters) - India's top vegetable oil trade body has asked palm oil importers to halt purchases from Malaysia pending clarity from the government, it said in a statement on Monday.

Reuters earlier this month reported that India was considering curbing imports of some products from Malaysia including palm oil in reaction to the Southeast Asian country's leader criticizing New Delhi for its actions in Kashmir.

"Our government has not taken kindly to the unprovoked pronouncements by the Malaysian prime minister and is contemplating some retaliatory action," the Solvent Extractors' Association of India said. (Reporting by Aftab Ahmed; Editing by Alison Williams)

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