Iran calls OPEC's decision to limit output 'baby step in right direction'

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Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh talks to reporters during the 15th International Energy Forum Ministerial (IEF15) in Algiers, Algeria  September 27, 2016. REUTERS/Ramzi Boudina
Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh talks to reporters during the 15th International Energy Forum Ministerial (IEF15) in Algiers, Algeria September 27, 2016. REUTERS/Ramzi Boudina

Iran’s deputy oil minister said on Monday that the OPEC’s primary agreement in Algeria to limit oil output at 32.5 million barrels per day was a small step but in right direction.

“It was a first baby step in right direction… We did take part, we did support it,” Amir Hossein Zamaninia, deputy oil minister for trade and international affairs, told reporters in Tehran, adding that Iran’s current oil output is 3.85 million bpd, and its exports more than 2.2 million bpd.

Zamaninia said the exact levels of production by each country would be negotiated at OPEC next formal meeting in November.

“We will make the decision depending on the process in November when we get together to discuss shares of OPEC,” he told reporters in Tehran.

(Reporting By Rania El Gamal; Writing by Bozorgmehr Sharafedin; Editing by Andrew Heavens)

 

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