Iran names Seyyed Mohammad Hossein Adeli as candidate for GECF secretary general post

Azerbaijan, Baku, Oct.2/ Trend R.Zamanov

Iran has named Seyyed Mohammad Hossein Adeli as its candidate for the post of secretary general of the Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF), Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh said on Wednesday.

"Libya and Russia are also to name their candidates for the post," the Mehr New Agency quoted Zanganeh as saying.

"The new secretary general of the GECF will be elected in the 15th ministerial meeting of the forum in Tehran in December," he added.

Tehran will host the third summit of the Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF). The second summit of the GECF was held in Moscow in July.

The forum is a multi-layered and an intergovernmental organization of the world's leading natural gas producers comprising Algeria, Bolivia, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Iran, Libya, Nigeria, Oman, Qatar, Russia, Trinidad and Tobago, United Arab Emirates and Venezuela.

Kazakhstan, Iraq, the Netherlands and Norway have the status of observer members.

The first GECF summit meeting was held in the Qatari capital of Doha on November 15, 2011.

The GECF was founded in 2001 in the Iranian capital, Tehran, and its member states control over 70 percent of the world's natural gas reserves as well as more than 80 percent of the Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) production.

The legal establishment of the forum took place on December 2008 in Moscow, where energy ministers of member states adopted the forum's charter and signed an intergovernmental agreement.

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