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Iran Insists on Getting OPEC Secretary-general Position

Feb. 13, 2013

Mehr news agency, Tehran

The Iranian Oil Ministry spokesman has said that his country insists on getting the position of secretary-general of OPEC (Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries), Mehr news agency reported on 13 February.

"We insist on getting the key position [of the secretary-general of OPEC], and even if the representative of Saudi Arabia definitely resigns, we will attempt to get the position," Ali Reza Nikzad- Rahbar told Mehr in an interview.

Nikzad-Rahbar continued that although Iran had good and improving political and oil relations with Iraq, it would support the Iranian candidate, Gholamreza Nuri, for the position of secretary-general, the report added. Nikzad-Rahbar also said that Iran would host a gathering of gas exporters either in Tehran or Esfahan in 2013, Mehr reported.

Source: (C) 2013 BBC Monitoring Central Asia. via ProQuest Information and Learning Company; All Rights Reserved

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