Iran, Turkey aim at energy cooperation

13:48, January 10, 2011      

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Visiting Turkish Energy and Natural Resources Minister Taner Yildiz and Iranian officials held new round of talks in Tehran to expand their cooperation in energy sector, local media reported on Sunday.

Iran's Energy Minister Majid Namjou said that Tehran and Ankara are working out a road map for the two sides' future cooperation in the energy sector, according to local semi-official Fars news agency.

Speaking to reporters after a meeting with Yildiz in Tehran on Saturday, Namjou said "a comprehensive road map will be drawn for the two countries' cooperation in the energy sector, which will be the pillar for Iran-Turkey cooperation in the future," said Fars.

Turkey enjoys good potentials and possibilities for energy ties with Iran, and Tehran welcomes further expansion of cooperation with Ankara, Namjou was quoted as saying.

Iran's caretaker Foreign Minister Ali-Akbar Salehi also said Iran is ready for joint investments with Turkey in energy and electricity sectors, the official IRNA news agency reported on Sunday.

In a meeting with Yildiz on Saturday, Salehi underlined the need for both countries to jointly invest in the areas of energy and electricity and said that Iran is ready to participate in investment projects in other countries and in different parts of the world jointly with Turkey, according to IRNA.

Referring to Iran-Turkey bilateral relations as "historic and amicable," Salehi said Tehran-Ankara strategic relations should not be affected by certain countries' wills, implying the Westerners, said the report.

Salehi further said that Tehran-Ankara trade exchange volume currently stands at 10 billion U.S. dollars and Iran is desired to increase it to 30 billion U.S. dollars.

For his part, Yildiz called for the establishment of joint Iran- Turkey chamber of commerce and underlined the need for further expansion of all-out relations particularly in the economic field, said IRNA.

In the meantime, Iran's First Vice-President Mohammad Reza Rahimi said exporting Iran's natural gas to Europe through Turkey will be beneficial for both Tehran and Ankara, the local English language satellite Press TV reported on Sunday.

"Cooperation between Iran and Turkey in pumping Iran's natural gas to Europe is in the interest of both nations and governments," Rahimi was quoted as saying.

In a meeting with Yildiz in Tehran on Saturday, he also stressed the need for implementation of all agreements reached between Tehran and Ankara on energy cooperation.

"Iran and Turkey should achieve their specified goals as soon as possible," Rahimi added.

Yildiz, for his part, said that his country is ready to increase its cooperation with Iran on energy and gas fields, according to the report.

The Turkish minister pointed out that Ankara is determined to help Tehran transit its natural gas to Europe, said Press TV.

In Feb. 2009, Iran's Deputy Oil Minister Seyed Reza Kassaeizadeh announced that Iran and Turkey had signed an agreement to transfer Iran's natural gas to Europe via Turkey. According to the agreement, Turkey could transfer up to 35 billion cubic meters of gas from Iran to Europe, said Kassaeizadeh.

According to the Press TV report, the gas pipeline to transfer Iran's natural gas to Europe is scheduled to become operational in 2014.

Source: Xinhua
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