|Iran Oil Ministry denies prohibiting private sector from selling oil||
TEHRAN – The Iranian Oil Ministry in a statement has denied reports by the domestic media about prohibiting the private sector from selling crude oil.
The Oil Ministry has not changed its policy to cooperate with the private sector in technical, economic, and trade fields, the statement said.
On Monday, MP Hossein Amiri told the Mehr News Agency that the Iranian Oil Ministry has prohibited the private sector from selling crude oil.
Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh has ordered the private sector to stop selling crude oil to foreign buyers, Amiri said.
“The sale of crude oil by the private sector has created various problems because the private sector is not able to provide the necessary guarantees to the banking system and the Oil Ministry,” he added.
However, Mansour Moazami, the director of the International Affairs Department of the Oil Ministry said he was unaware of the issue, and added, “The oil minister himself should verify it.”
He went on to say that the issue has nothing to do with the possibility of international oil giants returning to the Iranian oil sector.
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