TEHRAN (ISNA)-Iran's Oil Minister Massoud Mir Kazemi said the country is to import 33 million cubic meters of natural gas from Turkmenistan daily after the two sides ended construction of a new pipeline. He said the rise of gas import is planned to be concluded by mid December.
Turkmenistan's Vice President on gas and oil sections arrived in Iran on Saturday for talks with Iranian officials.
Iranian and Turkmen presidents have already agreed in a phone conversation that the new pipeline be completed by the end of the year.
The new pipeline is to stretch across the two countries and it will increase gas exports to Iran by 8 million cubic meters per day. Iran is now receiving 25 million cubic meters of Turkmenistan's gas daily.
Mir Kazemi continued the two countries have expressed willingness to expand trade, imports, transit as well as gas and oil swap.
Also regarding Turkmenistan's gas transit to Turkey, he said, "if Turkey is willing to purchase Turkmenistan's gas, it should enters into talks with Iran."
Iran and Turkey signed an agreement last November according to which Iran could send gas to Europe through Turkey with the same amount that Turkey receives Turkmenistan's gas through Iran, he added.
The agreement was extended for 3 months after Turkish Prime Minister's recent trip to Iran, he noted.
Turkmenistan's Vice President on gas and oil said, "there is no problem between the two countries on gas and oil sections."
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