IRAN: MPs censure gas discount despite minister denial

Although Iran’s oil minister denied any discount on Pakistan- and India-bound gas, 41 MPs Tuesday sent a written notification to him to censure the decision.

The letter was read at open session by Majlis Speaker Gholam-Ali Haddad-Adel. The MPs have called on the oil minister to explain about the decision for offering the 30 percent discount.

Seyyed Kazem Vaziri-Hamaneh, however, reiterated that Iran had not offered the gas contracting parties, Pakistan and India, any discount, dismissing the rumor about the peace pipeline as a politically motivated issue.

The project called the peace pipeline will be jointly carried out by Iran, Pakistan and India, for transfer of Iran’s natural gas to India via Pakistan.

He added Iran, Pakistan, and India had signed the price article of the trilateral contract and the agreement was in conformity with the best contracts the country had already inked and no discount had been included in the price agreement.

He lauded the new negotiating team for its serious follow-up that had accelerated the progress of trilateral talks.

“It seems the previous negotiating team was not willing to finalize the talks,” said the minister, adding the previous team offered various proposals to the contracting parties, making them confused and preventing the three sides from reaching an agreement.

He underlined that Iran-Pakistan-India (IPI) gas contract dubbed “peace pipeline” would serve the country’s national interests and would be in line with domestic policies.

Vaziri-Hamaneh added that Indian Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas Murli Deora’s remarks about the issue had been misunderstood, fueling rumor in Iran as well.
Via: Teheran Times