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Energy Charter Secretary-General meets the Petroleum Minister of Iran

On June 19 2018, Energy Charter Secretary-General, Ambassador Urban Rusnák, held a bilateral meeting with Iran’s Petroleum Minister, Mr Bijan Zangeneh, at the Ministry of Petroleum in Tehran. Also present during the meeting were Dr Amir Hussein Zamania, Deputy Petroleum Minister of Iran, and Dr Marat Terterov, the Head of the Energy Charter Secretariat’s Knowledge Centre. Minister Zanganeh and Ambassador Rusnák discussed the prospects for Iran’s deeper engagement in the Energy Charter Process. The exchange also covered the topic of gas transit, while the Secretary-General encouraged the Minister to allow for mutual exchange of knowledge and experience between the Secretariat and the Ministry. 

The meeting came within the framework of the Secretariat’s co-organisation of the 12th Tehran International Energy Conference on June 19-20 with the Iranian Ministry of Energy. Secretary-General Rusnák also took the opportunity of the visit to Iran to meet with other high level officials from the Iranian government. These included Deputy Minister of Energy Mohsen Bakhtiar, with whom the Energy Charter-Iran Action Plan was discussed in some detail. Further meetings were held with S.A.M Mousavi, Director-General for International Environmental and Sustainable Development Affairs at the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Dr Masoud Hashemian, Acting Deputy Minister of Petroleum responsible for energy diplomacy. 

The outcome of these meetings suggest that Iran is in the process of considering deeper engagement with the Energy Charter process. Secretary-General Rusnák also visited the Secretariat of the Economic Cooperation Organisation (ECO), which is located in Tehran, where he met ECO Secretary General, Ambassador Halil Ibrahim Akca, and Deputy-Secretary General, Dr Hadi Soleimanpour.