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TEHRAN, November 4 (Itar-Tass) - Iran’s representative Mohammad Hossein Adeli has been elected a new Secretary General of the Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF), which opened in the Iranian capital on Sunday at the ministerial level, Iranian media reported.
Mohammad Hossein Adeli previously held the position of head of the Central Bank of Iran.
The meeting was also expected to discuss the financial and administrative issues, including the organisations’ budget for the next year.
The GECF was founded in 2001. Its legal registration was completed in December 2008 in Moscow, where the organisation’s Statute was adopted. In accordance with the GECF Statute, the organisation is aiming to support the sovereign rights of its members over their natural gas resources and their abilities to develop, preserve and use such resources for the benefit of their peoples, through the exchange of experience, views, information and coordination in gas-related matters. The forum includes the world’s leading natural gas exporting countries: Russia, Algeria, Bolivia, Venezuela, Egypt, Iran, Qatar, Libya, Nigeria, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Trinidad and Tobago, and Equatorial Guinea. In addition, Iraq, Kazakhstan, the Netherlands and Norway are observers in the GECF.