Iran, Venezuela Leaders Discuss several OPEC issues
The news agency IRNA reported Tuesday that Monday Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez discussed by telephone with Iranian President Mohammad Khatami the issue of the need for member states to observe their oil output and export quotas, the election of a new OPEC secretary-general and that of members should respect decisions made by the group and hold regular meetings.
IRNA said Chavez referred to the performance of the OPEC secretariat and the election of the new secretary-general which is expected to be the number one item on the agenda of OPEC's ministerial meeting in Vienna next Sunday.
OPEC will elect e a new secretary-general to replace Rilwanu Lukman of Nigeria, whose term expires at the end of this year. Four countries have candidates for the post, Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and Libya.
To win the post the candidate needs an unanimous vote from all members.
Khatami said OPEC members should adhere to their production quotas, IRNA wrote.
The Iranian president also said OPEC countries should hold regular heads of
state meetings similar to the gathering held in Venezuela in September, IRNA wrote.
Khatami thanked the Venezuelan government for "successfully hosting the second OPEC summit in September, expressing hope that all OPEC member states would take effective steps to further reinforce the Organization," IRNA reported.
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