Iran could be a "reliable, secure and long-term" supplier of gas to Europe, Tehran's industry minister Mohammad Reza Nematzadeh said on Monday.
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"We don't want to compete with Russia. But we know that Europe's demand for gas is increasing and would like a share in this," Nematzadeh told the business daily Handelsblatt in an interview.
"We have the energy reserves and cooperation plans. But as far as Russia is concerned, that is a decision for Europe alone," the minister said.