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Iran: Majlis urges Oil Ministry to reconsider gas deal with Turkmenistan

Tehran, Jan 8, IRNA - Rapporteur of Majlis Energy Commission Emad Hosseini said on Tuesday that Majlis has called on Oil Ministry to reconsider the current gas deal between Iran and Turkmenistan.

Heating fuel line in Gorgan, northern Iran

Speaking to IRNA, Hosseini said the request was raised in a meeting with Oil Minister Gholam-Hossein Nozari and officials from National Iranian Gas Company (NIGC).

On the reason for a halt in Turkmenistan's gas exports to Iran, the parliamentarian said the republic claims the halt had been due to technical failure and repair of pipelines but "we believe the repair, if required, should have been made in an appropriate time."

Iran's gas to be exported to Syria by 2009

Damascus, Jan 8, IRNA - Iran's Deputy Oil Minister Hossein Noqrekar Shirazi and Managing Director of Syrian Gas company Ali Abbas signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on Monday for export of Iran's gas o Syria by the end of 2009, it was announced on Tuesday.

The MoU is a follow up of an agreement signed by Iran's Oil Minister Gholam Hossein Nozari and his Syrian Counterpart Sufian Allaw in September-October for export of Iran's gas to Syria via Turkey.

Under the MoU, signed by Shirazi and Abbas, the volume of gas export to Syria will start from three million cubic meters a day and will reach nine million cubic meters per day within three years long.

At the signing ceremony, the Iranian deputy minister underlined that the two countries are determined to strengthen the all-out two-way ties.

Iran is ready to bolster mutual cooperation in favor of the Iranian and Syrian nations' interests, he said.

The Syrian minister had already expressed the hope that the MoU would be implemented in due course.

Following conclusion of the agreement, Iran and Syria will hold a trilateral meeting with Turkey in the coming months to review implementation of the project.

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