Iran calls OPEC’s decision to limit output ‘baby step in right direction’

*Amir Hossein Zamaninia, Iran's deputy oil minister.

*Amir Hossein Zamaninia, Iran’s deputy oil minister.

17 October 2016, Tehran — Iran’s deputy oil minister said on Monday that the OPEC’s primary agreement in Algeria to limit oil output at 32.5 million barrels per day was a small step but in right direction.

“It was a first baby step in right direction… We did take part, we did support it,” Amir Hossein Zamaninia, deputy oil minister for trade and international affairs, told reporters in Tehran, adding that Iran’s current oil output is 3.85 million b/d, and its exports more than 2.2 million b/d.

Zamaninia said the exact levels of production by each country would be negotiated at OPEC next formal meeting in November.

“We will make the decision depending on the process in November when we get together to discuss shares of OPEC,” he told reporters in Tehran.

*Rania El Gamal; Bozorgmehr Sharafedin; Editing – Andrew Heavens – Reuters

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