TEHRAN (defapress) – Iranian Oil Minister, while referring to Uzbekistan’s willingness to buy crude oil from Iran, said relevant negotiations will be pursued with the Central Asian country.
News ID: 66517
Publish Date: 18October 2017 - 11:00
Following a meeting with Minister of Foreign Affairs of the
Republic of Uzbekistan, Abdulaziz Kamilov, on Tuesday, Iran’s Bijan Zanganeh
stated that Uzbeks were after purchasing crude oil from Iran and a high-ranking
oil delegation would conduct talks with Iranian counterparts.
"Given the restricted figure of crude output in Uzbekistan,
the Central Asian country needs to import the strategic product,” he added.
Zanganeh however noted that method of oil exports to
Uzbekistan had to be well analyzed; "they have no access to the sea and all
exports need to be done via land or rail.”
He stressed that further negotiations would be carried out
and urged the Uzbek side to investigate venues for oil imports from Iran.
Iran’s petroleum minister later underlined that Iran was basically in favor of
crude sales to Uzbekistan since it marked an appropriate measure for
development and consolidation of relations between the two countries.
Having Tashkent as its capital, Uzbekistan is a Central
Asian nation neighboring countries like Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan,
Uzbekistan’s national gas company, with an annual output of
60 to 70 billion cubic meters, remains the world’s 11th largest gas producer.
The country also possesses substantial untouched oil and gas reserves.
The Uzbek FM, who landed in Tehran on Monday, has met and
talked with top-ranking Iranian officials and his visit has been described as a
seminal one by political analysts.
One expert believes that Abdulaziz Kamilov’s visit is
important because Uzbekistan is situated in the heart of Central Asia, and
holds strategic and geopolitical momentousness.
The visit of the high-ranking Uzbek official to Tehran has
been also said to be in line with economic interests of the two countries.