Mohammadali Khatibi said in interview with Fars news agency regarding the elections for Director of Research of the OPEC Secretariat "Four countries had introduced candidates for the position, but since Saudi Arabia held no position in the OPEC Secretariat, the Arabian candidate received most votes in a simple election and was made Director of Research at the Secretariat.”
He answered the question if with this new position Saudi Arabia will abandon the Secretary General elections as "I have not heard anything about that so far, so Saudi Arabia is still in the competition for the position of Secretary General along with Iran and Iraq.”
Khatibi pointed out that the procedures to qualify candidates may change, adding "These procedures are mostly trivia. In the end the OPEC Secretary General will be elected by votes and general consensus of all members.”
He added that the Secretary General of OPEC will certainly not be elected on May 31 and discussions over electing the new OPEC Secretary General will be relegated to the following session.