Ankara, Tehran continue natural gas talks
Negotiations over new natural gas purchase agreements are continuing between Iranian and Turkish representatives, and the signing of a memorandum of understanding is only a matter of time, according to Turkish officials. Energy and Natural Resources Minister Hilmi Guler and his Iranian counterpart Qolam Hosein Nozari, each supported by a group of bureaucrats, are currently conducting talks toward an agreement. Speaking after one session of talks, Guler said that Turkey is planning to increase the amount of gas it purchases from Iran not only for Turkish needs, but also for European consumers. He added that Iran's gas resources will be exported to European customers through pipelines across Turkey. Turkey currently imports 27 million cubic meters of natural gas from Iran daily, he said, adding that the new deal, once it is agreed on by both parties, will ensure the flow of 23 million more.