Iran Raps Politicization of Int’l Energy Plans

Iran Raps Politicization of Int’l Energy Plans

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – The oil minister of Iran urged that international decisions about the energy market must be made without the influence of political intentions.

Addressing a ministerial meeting of Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF) in Bolivia via video conference on Tuesday, Javad Owji said the US sanctions on Iran continue to affect the global supply of energy.

The Iranian oil minister noted that soaring gas prices in Europe and elsewhere in the world are partly a result of politicized way of dealing with major energy suppliers, including Iran, in recent years.

 “In order to overcome challenges of the world energy security; rather than adopting political approaches and imposing unilateral sanctions, a substantial strategy is required to restore economic logic and multilateralism,” he added.

The minister said that US sanctions on Iran, as one of the world’s largest holders and producers of natural gas, was against the international law. He argued that the policy had led to reduced global cooperation on critical issues related to energy, including efforts meant to tackle climate change, Press TV reported.

Owji, who took office as Iran’s oil minister only in August, vowed in his first address to the GECF that he would do his best in the upcoming years to secure the interests of the bloc’s members in the global gas markets.

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