OPEC Secretary General meets with HE Raisi, new Iranian President

Tehran, IR Iran, 6 August 2021--OPEC Secretary General, HE Mohammad Sanusi Barkindo, today held a bilateral meeting in Tehran with HE Ebrahim Raisi, the new President of IR Iran.

At the meeting, President Raisi thanked the Secretary General for attending the presidential inauguration ceremony held yesterday in Tehran.

President Raisi reiterated IR Iran’s continuous support to OPEC and the decisions adopted by the Declaration of Cooperation (DoC) of OPEC and non-OPEC oil producing countries. The President stated: “We are an active member [of OPEC] and we will continue to contribute well to OPEC.”

The President emphasized the importance of further cooperation with international fora and he wished to continue consultations with OPEC.

The President paid tribute to HE Bijan Namdar Zanganeh, IR Iran’s outgoing Minister of Petroleum and Head of its Delegation to OPEC. He thanked the Minister for his long service as Minister.

HE Raisi congratulated the Secretary General and the OPEC Secretariat’s staff members on the Organization’s 60th Anniversary. In this context, the Secretary General informed the President that OPEC will celebrate its Diamond Anniversary in the Al Shaab Hall in Baghdad, Iraq, on 30 September 2021.

The Secretary General congratulated President Raisi on his success in the presidential election held on 18 June. He said: “I wish you every success in your presidential leadership”. He also wished the President good health and long life.

Barkindo highlighted the instrumental role played by IR Iran in affairs of the Organization since its founding in September 1960 in Baghdad, Iraq. IR Iran is a Founder Member of OPEC.

The Secretary General underscored the wisdom and diplomacy of the Iranian leadership that helped build consensus between OPEC and non-OPEC oil producing countries to reach the landmark DoC in December 2016, and subsequently the Charter of Cooperation (CoC) in July 2019.

The Secretary General briefed President Raisi on the oil market situation and the role played by the DoC countries in the interests of oil market stability.

Barkindo emphasised that he, along with the whole team at the OPEC Secretariat, looks forward to cooperating and working together with the new Iranian administration, under the leadership of HE Raisi.

The Secretary General yesterday attended the swearing-in ceremony of the new President. Many world leaders, officials and heads of international organizations were present at the event.

OPEC Secretary General with HE Ebrahim Raisi, President of IR Iran.

OPEC Secretary General with HE Ebrahim Raisi, President of IR Iran.