Expert says Saudi Arabia not to let Iran or Iraq take top OPEC post

Posted on June 11, 2012

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Saudi Arabia will not let Iran or Iraq to put their nominees on the OPEC Secretary General position, professor at the University of Glasgow and expert on nuclear issues Reza Taghizadeh said.

The expert was commenting on Iran proposing its own nominee for the post of OPEC’s Secretary General.

“Role of the secretary general is very important. Secretary general sits within the organization in Vienna, and conducts day-to-day life of the organization,” Taghizadeh noted.

OPEC’s current secretary-general, Abdalla el-Badri of Libya, will complete his second three-year term at the end of this year. OPEC ministers will probably consider the nominations at their June 14 meeting at the organization’s Vienna headquarters.

Iran announced on June 2 that it would introduce a nominee for the post of secretary general of the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), but a day later Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Hussain al-Shahristani said that Iran will support Samir Ghazban, the Iraqi nominee for the position.

On June 7, Iran’s Oil Ministry has officially announced former oil minister’s candidacy for the post of OPEC Secretary General.

Gholam Hossain Nosari, who served as Oil Minister during President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s first term, has been officially introduced to the OPEC Secretariat as Iran’s candidate for the organization’s top post, Mehr reported.

Taghizadeh believes that both Iran and Iraq will not be able to get at that decision making center position.

“Iran has been pushing to have one of its own nominees to be selected as OPE’s secretary general, but failed in the last 30 years,” Taghizadeh said. “Saudi Arabia is the ultimate power within OPEC and it is not happy with either Iran or Iraq.”

Taghizadeh added that Saudi Arabia sees Iran as political enemy and Iraq as a potential future rival. and therefore will not allow any of those countries to take an important post of OPEC’s Secretary General.

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