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Chitchian:

Iran to play ‘crucial’ role in global energy security

TOKYO, Nov. 26 (MNA) – Iran’s Energy Minister Hamid Chitchian said the country as the owner of the largest fossil energy resources, plays a crucial role in providing global energy security.

A day after Iran signed up to World Energy Charter on the sidelines of the 27th Meeting of the Energy Charter Conference in Tokyo, Iran’s Energy Minister Hamid Chitchian held talks with the Secretary General of World Energy Charter, Dr. Urban Rusnák, on Saturday, where he discussed the various ways in which Iran could play an active role in realizing the objectives of the Charter.

During the meeting, Chitchian voiced Iran’s serious resolve for implementing its commitments toward reducing carbon production and increasing the use of renewable energies under the framework of Paris Agreement.

Chitchian noted Iran’s experiences in establishing a network for exchange and transfer of electricity to seven countries in the region, and suggested that the Member States also consider transfer of electricity in addition to oil and gas pipelines.

Rusnák, for his part, deemed Iran as a significant actor in the global energy scene, adding “the Islamic Republic can have an active role by offering its experiences in the fields of oil, gas, and electricity to Member States, introducing expert personnel to the Secretariat, hosting various Charter meetings, and cooperating with drafting energy regulations.”

On Friday, Chitchian also held talks with Japan Minister for Foreign Affairs Fumio Kishida on the sidelines of the Charter conference, where the two sides highlighted their countries’ resolve for expanding energy cooperation in the wake of Iran’s nuclear deal.

The two ministers also conferred on developing bilateral relations including Japan’s investment in the modernization of power plants in Iran, as well as scheduling Japanese Prime Minister’s visit to Tehran. 

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