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Iran holding negotiations with Austria and Switzerland for gas exports

TEHRAN, Sept. 6 (Mehr News Agency) - Iran has held negotiations with Austria, Switzerland and France to export gas to these countries, Rokneddin Javadi, the managing director of National Iranian Gas Export Company (NIGEC) said on Tuesday. "If the negotiations are finalized, Iran will annually export 5 and 3 million cu. m gas to Austria and Swiss respectively", he said.

Negotiations with France are very serious, however, they are yet to reach the final results, he added.

Commenting on the latest status quo of Iran's gas export to European countries, he said since Iran did not reach an agreement with Turkey on exporting gas to Europe via this Asian-European state, it held negotiations with Ukraine and another country on the issue. Positive results would be probably gained in this regard and Iran's gas pipeline to Europe would pass through these countries, he anticipated.

In regard of the liquefied natural gas (LNG) export, Javadi predicted that 2 million cu. m LNG is exported to Britain and France per annum.

He also said that Iran might export LNG to Spain as much as 2.5 million cu. m per year.

Javadi said gas export to Afghanistan is at the primary stages.

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