Deputy oil minister says Iran looking to engage with Trump

By bne IntelliNews January 26, 2017

Iranian Deputy Oil Minister Amir Hossein Zamaninia told CNN on January 25 that Iran is looking for potential synergies and engagement with the new US Trump administration.

His call comes as Iran’s government readjusts its posture to deal with the new regime in Washington.

“There is great potential for President Trump as a non-conventional politician to review and revise the situation and see that there is great benefit both for the US and for American people for creating jobs, revitalising the oil and gas business. There’s great potential for engagement and partnership in Iran for American companies,” he said.

He added that as an oil man he hoped that Iran and the US could soon decouple politics from business deals.

In his interview with the visiting CNN news crew, Zamaninia also stated that he does not foresee a military conflict breaking out between Washington and Tehran.

Zaminina’s comments were recorded before Trump's January 25 announcement that visas for entering the US would be blocked when it came to the citizens of seven Middle Eastern and African countries, including Iran.

Trump's executive action will prevent Iranians, Syrians, Iraqis and citizens of several other Muslim countries from submitting visa applications. Existing visas will be revoked.

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