Ex-minister: Iran should use veto if Saudi Arabia or Iraq voted for OPEC secretary general post

Politics Materials 10 December 2012 16:04 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku, Dec. 10/ Trend G.Mehdi/

Iran should veto the post of secretary general for Saudi Arabia and Iraq in the upcoming meeting of the of Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, scheduled to be held in Vienna on Wednesday, ISNA quoted Iranian ex-minister of oil Bijan Namdar Zangeneh as saying.

"Iran should not allow Arab members of the organisation to take on the post of secretary general, as they did the same with Iran in the past," he added.

"Some members of the organisation have taken an irrational attitude toward Iran. They vetoed Iran's selection as the secretary general of the organisation," he noted.

OPEC, which pumps out 35 per cent of the world's oil, may finally decide on a new head after a vote to appoint a successor to the current Secretary-General Abdullah El-Badri was postponed in June.

The 12-nation organisation is to hold a regular output meeting at OPEC's headquarters in the Austrian capital on Wednesday.

Occupying its dozen members' minds this week will also be who should replace El-Badri, who is due to retire at the end of this year after six years as secretary-general.