Iran, Oman to meet for natural gas talks

Iranian and Omani officials are scheduled to meet here on Sunday to resume natural gas talks, Tehran Times daily reported.

Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh will hold talks with his Omani counterpart Mohammed bin Hamad Al Rumhy about Iran’s natural gas exports to Oman, developing joint offshore gas fields and expanding bilateral oil and gas trade, said the report.

Iran and Oman signed a deal in 2009 to jointly develop an underwater 200-km gas pipeline to Musandam and Sohar in Oman.

In 2011, National Iranian Gas Export Company announced that Iran had reached agreements with India and Oman to transfer Iranian gas to India via Oman through underwater pipelines.

However, the implementation of agreements has been delayed for unannounced reasons.

Iran’s oil and gas customers are under pressure of the United States and its Western allies for reducing their imports and deals with the Islamic republic.

Iran’s energy and financial sectors are under intensive pressure from the United States and its allies, who suspect that Iran’s nuclear program aims at weapon-grade activities, while Iran insists that it is only for civilian use.

By Global Times


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