Speaking in a news conference on Monday morning, Bijan Zanganeh said "Last night we had negotiations with the Minister of Oil and Energy of Oman on gas exports and we reached some agreements on general issues.”
He expressed optimism that the contracts will be final by the end of the Iranian year and added "If the final agreement is made and the Iranian gas starts to be exported, there is even the possibility to launch a joint company.”
Denouncing political use of oil and gas, the minister said "It is to regret that in the current circumstances some countries such as the US use oil as a political tool, so much so that the US pressurize the EU not to invest in Iranian oil. Such acts threaten the security of the supply of oil and gas in the long run.”
Zanganeh also pointed to the Pakistani Minister of Oil and Energy’s statement expressing Islamabad’s commitment to its contract in gas with Iran and said "In order to buy gas from Iran, Pakistan must speed the construction of the gas pipeline inside its soil. In that case, Iran will also be ready to give the country gas for the construction of the pipeline.”
He also pointed out that the Gas Exporting Countries Forum makes no decision on prices, adding that the forum does not have any special program to limit its gas supply either.