Iranian Minister of Petroleum Javad Owji voiced Iran’s determination to pay the gas debt to Turkmenistan.
Speaking following a meeting with a Turkmen delegation led by Foreign Minister Rashid Muradov, Mr. Owji said: "Praise be to God, with the efforts and measures of oil industry managers in various sectors, more than 2.8 billion liters of liquid fuel has been stored in power plants and major industries."
"We have two gas contracts with Turkmenistan in two parts of Iran (Khorasan)," Javad Owji told reporters on Tuesday morning, adding these are 25-year contracts and “we used to import 40 million cubic meters per day of gas from Turkmenistan through these two contracts.”
"Unfortunately, in the previous government, Turkmenistan's gas exports to Iran were cut off due to non-payment of Turkmenistan's claims," he said. “Contrary to the friendly relations between the two countries, this issue was referred to the International Court of Arbitration, and this court determined the exact amount of Iran's debt.”
The Minister of Petroleum positively assessed the negotiations with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan and the high-level delegation consisting of the energy and banking sectors, and continued: "Fortunately, with the planning we had already done, good negotiations have been held to settle the debt to Turkmenistan. The determination of the 13th administration and Mr. Raisi is to settle this debt.”
"Negotiations between Iran and Turkmenistan at the level of experts of the National Iranian Gas Company and the Central Bank will continue in the coming days. With the favorable solutions and proposals that we have presented, the debt of the Turkmen side will undoubtedly be settled and we are determined in this regard," Owji said. .
He noted that the resumption of Turkmen gas exports to Iran could be the first step in the comprehensive development of relations between the two neighbors, noting that the policy of the 13th administration is to expand bilateral relations with neighbors, including Turkmenistan.
Owji further voiced Iran's readiness to export technical and engineering services to Turkmenistan, saying that Iran has a high capacity in the petrochemical, refinery, onshore and offshore drilling, and oil and gas industry equipment that can be provided to Turkmenistan.
He said the main purpose of today's meeting was to promote relations with the friendly and brotherly country of Turkmenistan.