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EU, Iran prepare for energy and transport talks

Brussels, May 26, IRNA-Iranian deputy oil minister for international affairs, Mohammad Hadi Nejad-Hosseinian, arrived in Brussels Wednesday to participate in the fourth meeting of the European Union-Iran working group on energy and transport on Thursday.

The working group was formed in 2002 to promote energy cooperation between the EU and the Islamic Republic.

Meanwhile, Nejad-Hosseinian met Dr Ria Kemper, Secretary General of the Energy Charter Secretariat (ECS), Wednesday and discussed developments in the energy sector in the Eurasia region.

The Brussels-based ECS is an international forum for energy cooperation in which 51 European and Asian governments participate.

Kemper said the ECS wants to strengthen energy cooperation with Iran and to promote Iran's current observer-status membership to a full member of the ECS, Iranian diplomatic sources told IRNA.

On his part, Nejad-Hosseinian referred to Iran's serious efforts to strengthen energy cooperation in the Eurasia region and said if conditions were provided Tehran will make a review to upgrade its observer-status to full member in the ECS.

Iran was made an observer member in 2002. Algeria, Bahrain, China, Kuwait, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, UAE are among the observer members in the ECS.

The Energy Charter Treaty provides the broadest multilateral framework of rules in existence under international law governing energy cooperation.

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