1241 GMT May 21, 2022
Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh said the Iranian energy sector has made outstanding achievements despite all geostrategic challenges.
Addressing the 22nd annual ministerial meeting of the Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF), which was held through a videoconference meeting on Thursday, Zanganeh said the unfair US sanctions have barred Iran’s access to billions of dollars in oil revenues, Shana reported.
Zanganeh added that the withdrawal of the US from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), and the illegal imposition of unilateral economic sanctions on Iran was nothing but bullying against this country and the international community.
US sanctions on Iran violated the policies of many countries in the international community, said the minister.
The unilateral withdrawal of the US from many treaties and agreements, such as the JCPOA, which was the result of years of multilateral negotiations, all reflect a paradigm shift in international relations, he said.
“Despite all these challenges, we have made significant progress in the energy sector; by relying on our human resources, technology and investments, we have achieved the sustainable production of one billion cubic meters of gas per day,” Zanganeh stressed.
The official noted that over 95 percent of the country’s population of 80 million have access to natural gas through pipelines in their houses, and the oil and petrochemical industries have made great strides in domestic technology in the production chain.
He further underlined the significant role that the GECF is playing in managing the global gas market and said Iran, as one of the founders of GECF, is proud to see that the forum is strong, efficient and credible.