Iran looks to political gains from Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan gas deal - analysis

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Iran looks to political gains from Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan gas deal - analysis
Iran’s goal here is to position itself as a key gas supplier and deepen ties with Azerbaijan and Central Asia.
By SETH J. FRANTZMAN
Published: NOVEMBER 30, 2021

Iran has entered a gas swap agreement with Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan on Sunday on the sidelines of the 15th meeting of the Economic Cooperation Organization. “According to the agreement, 1.5 to 2 billion cubic meters of gas will be imported to Iran annually from Turkmenistan (Sarakhs) and will be sent to Azerbaijan (Astara) through the Iran Transmission Line Network,” Tasnim News reported in Iran.

Voice of America confirmed that Iran, Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan had signed a trilateral gas swap deal for up to 2 billion cubic meters per year, based on Iranian media reports. “The agreement was signed on November 28 in the Turkmen capital, Ashgabat, on the sidelines of a regional economic summit. Under the swap deal – which boosts an existing agreement – Iran will receive gas from Turkmenistan and deliver the same amount to Azerbaijan, Iranian Oil Minister Javad Owji told Iranian state media.”

The new deal was signed on the sidelines of the summit of the Economic Cooperation Organization. The organization comprises all five Central Asian countries – Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan, as well as Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Iran, Pakistan and Turkey, the report says.

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