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Gas export to Europe on agenda: Iranian Oil Minister

TEHRAN, Nov. 13 (Mehr News Agency) - Austria could be the first European country to take delivery of Iran's gas export to the continent, ISNA quoted Iran's oil minister as saying on Monday.

During a meeting here with Austrian Ambassador Michael Postl to Tehran, Seyyed Kazem Vaziri-Hamaneh continued that the European countries may rely on gas export from Iran and some negotiations have already been conducted with European firms in this regard.

Moreover, he stipulated, talks may not be finalized unless the Nabucco Project, requiring Turkey's consent and a vital leg of the deal, is brought forth to the foreground with more serious 'get-up-and-go'.

The oil minister also welcomed Austria's involvement in Iranian oil industry, pointing at the upcoming bids on 17 oil blocks in the country.

Michael Postl called gas export to Europe of importance for the EU and added that LNG projects are also those of interest for his respective government. "The length of cooperation between Iran and Europe plays a central role in promoting relations between the two," Postl commented.

The Nabucco line is to originate from Turkey's eastern border at the point where the Baku-Tbilisi-Erzurum pipeline and Iran-Turkey pipeline converge.

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