Iran’s Oil Minister Rostam Qasemi in interview with Fars pointed to the establishment of anti-anti-sanction lobbies in some European and American embassies in countries buying Iranian oil and said "In such circumstances our counteraction was to form a special workgroup in the oil ministry and find new customers so that the country’s sales are not stopped, in which we were successful.”
Rostam Qasemi providing comments on his priorities at the Ministry of Oil said "Unfortunately under current circumstances my only priority became to keep selling oil so that the country’s revenues do not slip. European countries and the US have formed anti-anti-sanctions lobbies in the countries that buy Iranian oil to ensure that Iranian oil gets into these countries by no means.”
"In such circumstances it was natural for the sales of Iranian oil to diminish, but the countries that put the sanctions meant that Iran’s oil would not be exported anyhow. But we formed workgroups in the Ministry of Oil in order to find new customers for the Iranian oil; and I have to say that we were somehow successful there,’ Qasemi asserted.
He also said that because there is no substitute for the Iranian oil in some countries, the traditional costumers of the Iranian oil could not reduce their import to zero, enabling Iran to keep its costumers to some point.
"That is why the countries that rendered the sanctions this time put sanctions on the Iranian oil tankers, which was unprecedented worldwide. With the help of domestic insurance companies we managed to control the issue and keep exporting through the domestic insurance companies, even doing the export with domestic oil tankers,” he further said.