Iran’s Deputy Petroleum Minister for International Affairs and Trading Amir-Hossein Zamaniniya said that a pipeline that has been established between Iran and Iraq was already filled with natural gas.
“Iran is ready to start the export of gas to Iraq and Iraq is also ready to receive the gas,” Zamaniniya told Shana news agency of Iran’s Ministry of Petroleum.
“However, the related letter of credit (L/C) for the project is yet to be opened,” he said adding that Iran would turn on the taps once the payment was made by Baghdad.
This, the official further emphasized, could take place during an upcoming visit to Tehran by an Iraqi delegation.
Iran had announced last summer that it was ready to export gas to Iraq. However, the project had been suspended over security risks as a result of insecurity in Iraq.
The two countries signed a basic agreement for the export of natural gas from Iran’s South Pars gas field to Iraq back in 2013.
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