Rouhani: Coordination among GECF members main goal of Tehran summit

Virtually 70 percent of the world’s gas reserves belong to the member states of the summit and these countries can have effects on important international issues, especially on energy-related issues, President Rouhani said.

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani underlined that leaders of gas-producing countries tried to boost coordination in different areas during the GECF summit in Tehran.

“In today’s Summit, the main focus was on strengthening collaboration and coordination between the countries in areas such as consumer market and the needed technology,” Rouhani said at a press conference at the end of a third summit of GECF on Monday evening.

Stressing the significance of GECF Summit, Rouhani stated, “Virtually 70 percent of the world’s gas reserves belong to the member states of the summit and these countries can have effects on important international issues, especially on energy-related issues.”

“The presence of 9 heads of states in the Tehran summit shows that these collaborations should continue and develop” said Rouhani, adding that Iran will continue along this path for fostering cooperation with gas-producing countries.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran will take significant steps in gas production and export in the coming years and this will be beneficial to all nations and humanity’s health, as well as saving the environment.”

The Iranian government is trying to boost natural gas production to 1bn CBM compared to the current 600mn.

Thanking the participants in the summit, President said, “Participation of nine heads of state shows that all countries are seeking to establish more communication with the region and the whole world, especially Iran.”

“Twelve member states and six observer states participated in this summit and it was decided that the Republic of Azerbaijan be added to the list of observer states,” Rouhani reiterated. “It was also agreed that the next summit be held in Bolivia.”

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