ALGIERS (IP) — On the margins of the 7th Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF) Summit, an event that might have been just another entry in the calendar of global energy diplomacy, two leaders found a moment of convergence that speaks volumes about the shifting sands of Middle Eastern politics and the inextricable link between energy strategy and geopolitical maneuvering.

Iran PressAfrica: Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi and Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani held discussions that veered into the issue of Gaza, alongside the primary agenda of gas cooperation.

The Algerian capital, hosting dignitaries and energy magnates, momentarily transformed into a crucible for debates on gas exports. President Raisi, referred to Palestine, a subject that resonates deeply across the Islamic world and beyond, as a matter of human concern. He called the "Western domination system" in decline, describing the Zionist regime as a colonial vestige designed to perpetuate Western hegemony in the region.

Raisi condemned U.S. policies pushing the enclave towards famine, and accusing Washington of enabling "organized terrorism" through its unwavering support for Israel. He called for unity and cooperation among GECF member states, not just in gas extraction and trade, but in a shared resistance against monopolistic control over energy technologies.

Relying on its huge gas reserves, strategic position and high technologies, the Islamic Republic of Iran aims to expand bilateral and multilateral cooperation with all countries to play a key role in the global gas market, President Raisi noted.

He voiced Iran’s readiness to turn into a regional energy hub and a safe route for the distribution and transit of gas between the producers and consuming markets.


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