During a meeting with senior Iraqi electricity officials, the National Iranian Gas Company’s (NIGC) CEO Majid Chegeni expressed his company’s readiness to finalize a gas export deal with Iraq, Shana News Agency reported.

“Our relationship with Iraq is strategic and apart from economic relations, we have deep cultural and religious relations that are very important. The more [we cooperate], especially in the field of energy, the deeper and more objective these relations will be,” Chegeni said.

Iran’s Minister of Petroleum Javad Owji emphasized that it is a priority of the Raisi Administration to have open dialogue with various parties to increase trade and gas exports, during a meeting with the Iraqi Minister of Electricity.