(Jan 22): A brewing diplomatic spat between India and Malaysia has got an unusual victim in the crossfire: palm oil.

New Delhi abruptly restricted imports of refined palm oils this month, apparently irked by Malaysian Premier Mahathir Mohamad’s comments on steps taken by the administration of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi that affect Muslims in India. The South Asian country is the world’s biggest palm buyer and is a major market for Malaysia, the No. 2 producer.

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