Thursday, July 8, 2010

Iran calls for gas, oil cooperation with Nigeria

TEHRAN – In a meeting with his Nigerian counterpart, Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki called for closer cooperation between the two countries, particularly in gas and oil fields.

Mottaki who is in Abuja, Nigeria, to attend the council meeting of the D8 foreign ministers, met with Henry Odein Ajumogobia on Tuesday.

The summit kicked off on July 4 to discuss ""Enhancing Investment Cooperation among D8 Members"" and will be wrapped up on July 8.

Mottaki said the involvement of Iran’s companies in projects in Nigeria has provided the ground for increasing cooperation in energy fields. He also cited energy, industry, trade, agriculture, tourism, and education as important spheres for cooperation.

Elsewhere in his remarks, Mottaki underlined the significance of D8 summit and stated that this organization plays an important role in energy supply.

Iran, Indonesia, Malaysia, Turkey, Egypt, Bangladesh, Nigeria and Pakistan are D8 members.

Mottaki also emphasized the need to explore D8 group’s potentials to promote South-South cooperation.

The Nigerian FM, for his part, called for further bilateral cooperation, adding that Nigeria attaches great respect to Iran for its ancient civilization and great achievements.

In this meeting, Mottaki and Odein Ajumogobia also discussed major regional and international issues, such as Palestine, Iraq, and Afghanistan, and insisted on complete nuclear weapons disarmament.

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