Qatari energy and industry minister said Doha supports Iran’s integration with the global business community after the sanctions removal, according to the Ministry of Petroleum, AVA Diplomatic reports.
Deputy petroleum minister Abbas She’ri-Moqaddam and Qatari ambassador in Tehran welcomed the minister and accompanying delegation in Mehrabad Airport.
‘My government gives its support to have our neighbor Iran integrated with the international business community worldwide, and we think that it will open up more and more cooperation especially between the Persian Gulf countries,’ Mohammad bin Saleh al-Sada said.
Upon his arrival at Tehran’s Mehrabad Airport to attend the upcoming ministerial meeting of the Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF), he added, ‘Every country has its sovereignty and they have the right to exploit their natural resources.’
He also said Qatar gives every support to the Doha-based gas forum.
‘Qatar is participating and we are extremely keen to support the forum because it has a lot of added-value for both the producers and the consumers.’
He said the forum is trying its best to send the message to the world that natural gas is a clean source of energy, it is available and that it will help not only to secure energy security but also it will immensely help the cause of the environment and the climate change.
‘There is a surplus of gas because of the additional gas which has come to the market, however the demand is also picking up and the gas is not only used for power generation but is it is penetrating other markets like the transportation market.
We think that in the future there will be more and more of gas utilization but we would like to encourage countries to adopt policies to use more gas considering its availability and environmental advantage.’
Al-Sada is here to attend the 17th GECF ministerial meeting on November 21 and the 3rd Summit Meeting of the forum’s members states slated for November 23.
The GECF is the gathering of the world’s leading gas producers that provides a framework for exchange of experience, views, information and data, as well as coordination in gas related developments among member countries.
It consists of 17 main and observer members with its permanent secretariat based in Doha, Qatar.
Russia, Iran, Qatar, Algeria, Bolivia, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Libya, Nigeria, Trinidad and Tobago, Venezuela, and the United Arab Emirates, are main members of the gas exporting body. Observer countries are the Netherlands, Iraq, Oman, Peru and Norway.
GECF members account for 42 percent of global gas output, 70 percent of global gas reserves, 40 percent of pipe gas transmission, and 65 percent of global trade of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG).