The Secretary General of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), Mohammad Barkindo had held a bilateral meeting with the new President of Iran, Ebrahim Raisi.
PlatinumPost reports that Barkindo was a former Managing Director of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).
The meeting took place a day after the inauguration ceremony of President Raisi.
A statement posted on the OPEC Facebook page on Friday said
Raisi thanked the Secretary General for attending the inauguration ceremony held on Thursday.
He also reiterated Iran’s continuous support to OPEC and the decisions adopted by the body.
He stated: “We are an active member [of OPEC] and we will continue to contribute well to OPEC.”
President Raisi paid tribute to Bijan Zanganeh, IR Iran’s outgoing Minister of Petroleum and Head of its Delegation to OPEC. He thanked Zanganeh for his long service as Minister.
HE also congratulated the OPEC SG 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.
On his part, Barkindo 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 Iran in affairs of the Organization since its founding in September 1960 in Baghdad, Iraq.
The OPEC scribe underscored the wisdom and diplomacy of the Iranian leadership that helped build consensus between OPEC and non-OPEC oil producing countries