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Iran: Gas-OPEC formation at hand


Tehran : Ministers from the Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF) are expected to discuss an official charter during a June meeting in Russia.

In an expert-level meeting in Tehran Monday, the GECF agreed on an official charter which will be submitted for approval to the GECF ministerial meeting, due to be held in Moscow from June 2-4, the head of the Iranian delegation, Hossein Kazempour Ardebili, told Shana news agency.

GECF had met in Tehran on April 28 to discuss the charter for a gas organization similar to the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC).

Kazempour, who is also Iran’s OPEC Governor, said the forum would also discuss establishment of a secretariat, which is likely to be in Geneva or Vienna, at the Moscow meeting.

The GECF, which was established in Tehran in 2001, has neither an official charter nor a fixed membership structure.

The countries which take part in its meetings include Algeria, Bolivia, Brunei, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Nigeria, Qatar, Russia, Trinidad & Tobago, the United Arab Emirates and Venezuela. Norway has observer status.