OPEC Secretary General meets with HE Zanganeh, Iranian Petroleum Minister

Tehran, IR Iran, 6 August 2021--Ahead of the first meeting of IR Iran’s President Ebrahim Raisi with OPEC Secretary General, Mohammad Sanusi Barkindo, later in the afternoon, the outgoing Petroleum Minister, HE Bijan Zanganeh, hosted the Secretary General at a working lunch.

The lunch was also attended by HE Amir Hossein Zamaninia, outgoing Deputy Petroleum Minister for Trade and International Affairs, Governor for OPEC and Chairman of OPEC’s Board of Governors.

At the meeting, the Secretary General and the Minister discussed global oil market developments, as well as the role of Declaration of Cooperation (DoC) in supporting the rebalancing of the global oil market.

The Minister noted that the Islamic Republic is ready to increase its production as soon as sanctions are lifted. HE Zanganeh also lauded the efforts of the Secretary General and reiterated his support for these.

The Secretary General thanked HE Zanganeh for his many years of service to OPEC and the global oil industry, noting that the legacy of the Minister is set to remain a source of inspiration for decades to come.

Barkindo also thanked the Minister for the leading role he has played in the success of OPEC, as well as in unifying OPEC and non-OPEC oil producing countries of the DoC to reach consensus in the interests of oil market stability. HE Zanganeh is also an architect of the Charter of Cooperation (CoC) endorsed in July 2019.

“Minister, your asserted diplomacy and exemplary leadership, as well as your deep technical knowledge, have always prevailed during discussion and consultations among OPEC Member Countries and among the DoC’s 23 participants to help pave the way forward,” Barkindo said.

He added: “We, at OPEC, will take stock for the future from the unparalleled, rich legacy that you left for us.”

HE Zanganeh is the longest-serving Head of Delegation to OPEC. He served as IR Iran’s Minister of Energy from 1988 to 1997. He was also the Minister of Petroleum for two periods: from 1997 to 2005 and from 2013 to present.

HE Mohammad Sanusi Barkindo with HE Bijan Zanganeh, and accompanying delegations.

HE Mohammad Sanusi Barkindo with HE Bijan Zanganeh, and accompanying delegations.

OPEC Secretary General with HE Bijan Zanganeh, outgoing Petroleum Minister.

OPEC Secretary General with HE Bijan Zanganeh, outgoing Petroleum Minister.

HE Zanganeh and HE Barkindo with OPEC’s flag.

HE Zanganeh and HE Barkindo with OPEC’s flag.

HE Zanganeh hosted the Secretary General at a working lunch.

HE Zanganeh hosted the Secretary General at a working lunch.

The working lunch took place in Tehran, IR Iran.

The working lunch took place in Tehran, IR Iran.