Deputy Petroleum Minister for Gas Affairs Hamir Reza Araghi said if Iran
signs gas deals with its neighbors, the security of the regional countries would
be interlinked, an important point in securing the country.
Araghi, who is also the managing director of the National Iranian Gas
Company (NIGC), told a televised interview on Monday evening that import of gas
from Iran would not only be a profitable trade for the importing countries, but
would also be beneficial for Iran as the importers would run their economies
with the gas while Iran would also develop by gas revenues.
Elsewhere in the interview, the official said Iran's gas export to
Iraq's city of Basra would begin with 7 million cubic meters per day and ultimately reach 25 mcm/d.