Bijan Zangeneh—the Iranian Petroleum Minister on Sunday made an announcement that the Iran Oil Ministry is to start a legal action against Pakistan. The legal action proceedings would be taken regarding a protracted gas pipeline project.
Zangeneh while addressing a press conference said that Iran has laid down its pipeline up to the border of Pakistan, however, Pakistan has been indifferent to the matter and has not taken any measure or whatsoever on its soil. He added so the Iran Oil Ministry has decided to take the matter to the court for some legal action against Pakistan.
The minister relating the Tehran-Ashkhabad gas dispute informed that Iran has not imported any gas after Turkmenistan cut off its imports and asked for $1.8 billion in debts from Iran.
Zangeneh added that Iran and Turkmenistan did some swapping after the cut-off measure was taken. He also informed that Turkmenistan wishes to settle the matter via seeking the intervention of international courts while Iran believes that the losses should be made up by Ashkhabad.
The dispute between the two countries rose when Ashkhabad irrespective of its earlier made agreements, started demanding for illogical elevated prices for its exported gas to the northern regions of Iran.
Iranian representatives on the 30th of December 2016 when visited Turkmenistan for negotiations and talks over the matter, were instructed by the Tehran to quit the negotiations, while warning the Turkmen that Tehran would not be accepting anything except for the earlier made bilateral contract.
The minister also mentioned that the export of Iranian oil has grown after the July 2015 nuclear agreement. He also denied any such claims that a barter agreement has happened between Iran and Russia for exchanging oil for advanced fighter jets.
Zangeneh informed about the gasoline production that Iran has produced 16.5 million litres of the product, which shows a rise in the production from the previous calendar year which ended on the 20th March 2017, mostly from the PGSR (Persian Gulf Star Refinery) this year.
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