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News number: 8805290586

15:41 | 2009-08-20

Economy

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OPEC Gov: Ahmadinejad's Oil Min Nominee to Get Support

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran's oil industry will support President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's nomination for oil minister if approved by parliament, Iran's governor for the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) said Thursday.



"The whole industry will respect it," Mohammad Ali Khatibi told Zawya Dow Jones in a telephone interview.

President Ahmadinejad has nominated Massoud Mir-Kazemi, previously deputy commerce minister, as the country's oil minister.

Ahmadinejad also nominated Mohammad Aliabadi as the country's energy minister and proposed Manouchehr Mottaki to remain as foreign minister. The complete list of nominees for will be put to a parliamentary vote on Aug. 30.