In the letter the Iranian official
complained that the committee's performance had been driven by
misinterpretation of the OPEC Conference decisions, as it was frequently
referred to in previous correspondences of Mr. Zangeneh with OPEC.
Mr. Zangeneh said: “Given the performance
of the JMMC and JTC over recent months, we have regrettably noticed that
these two committees have deviated from their initial objectives for
which they were established, and some OPEC members of these two
committees have clearly taken side with the US in imposing its
unilateral and unlawful sanctions against I.R.Iran, and are turning
these two committees into political tools in support of the US policies
He said: “In my view, continuation of the
activity of these two committees does not secure the collective
interests of the OPEC, and as long as the mandate and missions of these
two committees are not thoroughly defined and approved by the OPEC
Conference, their activities are not justifiable, and therefore, they
should immediately stop their work.
Accordingly, the Secretariat is asked to
refrain from providing any services or incurring expenditure toward the
work of these two committees.” Undoubtedly, any reports and/or
recommendations provided by these two committees are not acceptable.
The Iranian official further called on OPEC
to include an item under the title of “Development of Terms of
Reference of the JMMC and JTC including their mission, membership,
chairmanship, responsibilities, and mandates” in the agenda of the 175th
Meeting of the OPEC Conference due to be held on 6 December 2018.
“It would be highly appreciated if Your
Excellency could instruct the OPEC Secretariat to circulate the present
letter to the Head of Delegations of OPEC and non-OPEC Countries
participating in the Declaration of Cooperation.
Please accept, Excellency, the assurances of my highest consideration and respect.”