Sunday, November 28, 2004

Gas export price discussed with Turkey

IranMania News: "Gas export price discussed with Turkey

Sunday, November 28, 2004 - ©2004 IranMania.com
LONDON, Nov 28 (IranMania) - Iranian Commerce Minister Mohammad Shariatmadari discussed with Turkish State Minister for Foreign Trade Tuzmen Kursad issues related to economic cooperation between the two countries, including disagreements over the pricing of gas Iran exports to Turkey via a pipeline and the possibility of gas exports to Europe via that country.

The two officials who met on the sidelines of the 20th Session of the Standing Committee for Economic and Commercial Cooperation (COMCEC) of the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) and OIC Economic Conference, on Saturday also exchanged views on ways to increase cooperation between the private sectors of the two countries as well as investments.

They also agreed that there is a pressing need to encourage Islamic countries to boost economic cooperation. Shariatmadari left for Kuwait after his short meeting with Kursad early Saturday.

He had delivered a speech on the impact of globalization on Islamic countries' economy at the inaugural ceremony of the conference where he also proposed the establishment of a common Islamic market.

"As the representative of Muslim Asian countries, I also explored ways to reach an experimental consensus among Islamic countries," he told ISNA, adding that he had met senior Turkish officials as well as commerce ministers of Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Turkey on the sidelines of the conference.

In his meeting with President Sezer, the Turkish chief executive called for the expansion of bilateral economic cooperation, renewing his calls for President Mohammad Khatami to visit Turkey as soon as possible.

COMCEC consists of the representatives of OIC member countries, at ministerial level and is chaired by the President of the Republic of Turkey."

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