Gas producers disagree with non-UN sanctions against GECF members, Qatar says

Gas producers disagree with non-UN sanctions against GECF members, Qatar says
Gas producing countries disagree with non-UN sanctions against Gas Exporting Countries Forum member states, said Qatar.
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22 February, 2022
Iran and Russia are both members of GECF [Getty]

Gas producing countries disagree with non-UN economic sanctions against Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF) member states, Qatar's Minister of State for Energy Affairs Saad al-Kaabi said on Tuesday at the GECF opening plenary session in Doha.

He did not specify which member states the sanctions might be aimed at.

Iran and Russia are both members of GECF, sometimes dubbed the "gas OPEC".

On Monday, Iran and Qatar signed several bilateral cooperation deals during a visit by Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi to Doha that he said he hoped would help improve ties with other Gulf Arab states.

Raisi's visit, the first to Qatar by an Iranian president in 11 years, comes as the United States and Iran hold indirect talks aimed at salvaging a 2015 nuclear deal, which Gulf states deemed flawed for not addressing Iran's missile programme and regional proxies.

"We believe that the level of existing cooperation between the countries of the region is not commensurate with potential ties," Raisi said in joint remarks with Qatar Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani.

"Iran seeks to enhance these relations as our goal is regional convergence," said the Iranian president, who will attend a gas exporters' summit in Doha on Tuesday.

Earlier, Qatar and Iran signed 14 memoranda of understanding in the fields of aviation, trade, shipping, media, cancellation of visa requirements, electricity, standards, education and culture.

"We have today expanded our cooperation in the fields of the economy, energy, infrastructure, culture and food security," Raisi said.

Reuters contributed to this report

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