Iranian, Turkish ministers discusses energy
May 8, 2008 - BBC Monitoring
Turkish State Minister Kursad
Tuzmen, currently in Iran on a formal visit,
met on Thursday [8 May] with Iranian Energy
Minister Parviz Fattah to discuss how to improve
cooperation on energy and trade.
Tuzmen said at the meeting
that Turkish government is determined to improve
commercial relations with Iran in every field
and that energy sector could have a huge contribution
to hit the target of 20bn US dollars of trade
volume in 2011. This figure was 8bn last year.
"We know how to trade and how
to invest. But we also know that we cannot
do anything without energy," Tuzmen said.
Turkey buys power from Turkmenistan
via Iran and expects an extra deal to buy
1.5bn kWh, Tuzmen said and asked Iran to support
Turkey on the issue. Tuzmen said Turkey wants
to buy a part of Turkmen power via Nakhichevan,
an autonomous republic of Azerbaijan, to revive
the region and he asked Iran to colaunch trilateral
Tuzmen also said that Turkey
and Iran could cooperate on alternative energy
"Your energy resources are
based on hydrocarbon and you will run out
of it one day. We seriously need energy. We
pay 40bn US dollars each year for energy.
Turkey and Iran can work together on solar
and wind power, as well as nanotechnology,"
Iranian Minister Fattah welcomed
Turkey's interest in investment in Iran on
oil, natural gas and other energy resources.
He said Iran could meet Turkey's energy need.
"We are ready for any kind of
cooperation on water and power,"Fattah said.
Fattah also said that Iran has
the nuclear technology to generate electricity.
"But the issue has become political
and that's why we cannot cooperate with Turkey
at the moment," he said.
Source: Anatolia news agency,
Ankara, in English 1327 gmt 8 May 08