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Iran plays key role in energy transfer to Europe: FM

New York, Sept 27, IRNA - Iran's Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki stressed on Friday that the Islamic Republic of Iran plays a strategic role in energy transfer to Europe, particularly with regards to the latest developments in the Caucasus.

In a meeting with his Belgian counterpart, Karel de Gucht, held on the sidelines of the 63rd annual session of the UN General Assembly, he added that since Iran is located in a sensitive and strategic region, it can play a key role in the energy field.

On Iran's peaceful nuclear program, Mottaki underscored the need to resolve of the country's nuclear issue through diplomacy.

The Iranian foreign minister condemned the West's double standard policy regarding terrorism and human rights.

He also criticized discriminatory policy of big powers toward Iraq and Afghanistan and the Muslim minorities in the European states.

The Belgian foreign minister said his country is against any kind of terrorism in the world, de Gucht said for his part.

Gazprom chief holds talks with deputy oil minister

Tehran, Sept 27, IRNA - Deputy Oil Minister Seyyed Reza Kasaeizadeh held talks on Saturday with Head of Gazprom Alexey Miller on issues of mutual interest.

At the meeting, the two sides studied ways of expanding ties in the energy sector.

Ways of implementing the agreement inked earlier by Iran and Gazprom was also discussed.

Miller referred to the capacities of the two countries and voiced Gazprom's willingness to cooperate with Iran in the oil and gas sectors.

He described mutual cooperation as positive and underlined the need to further develop ties.

In February, a Gazprom delegation headed by Miller visited Tehran.

The Gazprom delegation's visit was part of the efforts to develop phases 19, 20 and 21 of the giant South Pars gas field, establish an Iranian-Russian company with the participation of a third country, develop North Pars and Kish gas fields, cooperate in gas storage in Iran as well as in gas export.

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