Azerbaijan, Baku, Nov.13 / Trend, T.Jafarov /
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will leave for Qatar on Tuesday to attend a summit of the Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF) in capital Doha, IRIB News agency reported.
Iran's Minister of Petroleum, Rostam Ghasemi will accompany Ahmadinejad during his one-day visit.
Ahmadinejad will address the summit, and also hold meetings with senior officials of Qatar and other countries that will participate in the meeting.
The Gas Exporting Countries Forum, a gas equivalent of the oil cartel OPEC, which controls over 70 percent of the world's natural gas reserves and more than 80 percent of the liquefied natural gas production, was founded in 2001 in Tehran.
The forum was legally established on December 2008 in Moscow where energy ministers of its member countries adopted the forum's charter and signed an intergovernmental agreement.
The forum comprises Algeria, Bolivia, Venezuela, Egypt, Iran, Qatar, Libya, Nigeria, Russia, Equatorial Guinea, and Trinidad and Tobago. The Netherlands, Norway and Kazakhstan have the status of observers.